MNGOP Sen. Dan Hall suggests gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic

Hall later said "no one is calling anyone unpatriotic."
Hall later said "no one is calling anyone unpatriotic."

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Either Dan Hall isn't worried about pissing off pro-gay marriage independents and conservatives, or he really needs to think twice before hitting that "Tweet" button.

Hall -- a first-term MNGOP Senator representing parts of Bloomington, Savage, and Burnsville who is up for reelection this November -- is feeling blowback after suggesting yesterday that gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic.

Here's Hall's tweet, which featured a photo of three homes on a residential street in Duluth. Two of the homes have "Vote No" signs without an American flag visible in their yards; the third has no political yard signs, but does have an American flag flying from the porch:

Criticism of Hall's suggestion was fast, furious, and spanned the gamut.

One reply came from retiring Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, the state's best-known pro-gay marriage conservative. Kriesel simply pointed out that Hall's suggestion is incorrect:

Other GOPers were offended:

While other responses were more colorful and suggested that Hall's tweet could help raise some bucks for Minnesotans United for All Families:

Later in the day, Hall started sending a standard reply to all the indignant folks contacting him:

But that'd be easier to believe if Sen. Hall hadn't published a tweet just the day before that clearly drew a connection between being a flag-flaunting Republican and patriotism:

Same-sex marriage is one thing, but we're also offended that one of our legislators still struggles with the distinction between "their" and "they're."

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