Meet The One Minnesota Republican Who Voted Against Minnesota’s Anti-Gay Measure

It took getting his legs blown off in Iraq to help Republican Representative John Kriesel realize that his fellow gay troops deserve the same rights to a family and children as he—talk about a cloud with silver lining! Here’s the speech he gave in the Minnesotan House of Representatives last night amid cheers from protestors in the rotunda. Even though the state statute already disallows marriage equality, the Minnesota legislature passed the bill, enlisting us all in the long electoral battle over equality. We’ll need conservative advocates and voices such as Kriesel to help convince voters that their gay neighbors deserve the right to exist every bit as much as they.