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News anchor, anti-abortion activist to be the ‘face’ of Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment

By | 01.09.12 | 7:00 am

Kalley King Yanta, a former anchor for a Minneapolis-based television station and an anti-abortion-rights activist, has joined the Minnesota for Marriage group to anchor videos intended to convince Minnesotans to vote for the anti-gay-marriage amendment on the ballot in 2012. The videos — and Yanta — have come under More…

Archbishop orders Minnesota priests to support or stay silent on anti-gay-marriage amendment

By | 01.05.12 | 1:57 pm

“There ought not be open dissension on this issue,” is the message the Catholic hierarchy is telling priests in Minnesota — “this issue” being same-sex marriage.

Vander Plaats endorses Santorum for Iowa Caucuses

By | 12.20.11 | 3:05 pm

Bob Vander Plaats, head of Iowa’s Family Research Council affiliate the Family Leader, an organization opposed to rights for LGBT Iowans, endorsed Rick Santorum for the Iowa Caucuses on Tuesday. The Family Leader had previously declined to endorse any candidate in the GOP Caucuses, but Vander Plaats decided to More…

Gay marriage poll released by religious right group was intentionally skewed

By | 06.20.11 | 4:54 pm

A poll on gay marriage released by the Alliance Defense Fund, a religious right-affiliated group, raised eyebrows last week because it differed starkly from a series of polls on the same subject by respected national pollsters. ADF’s poll found that 62 percent of Americans believe that marriage should be between More…

Pawlenty, Bachmann sign Susan B. Anthony list anti-abortion pledge

By | 06.20.11 | 12:10 pm

Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty have signed on to the Susan B. Anthony List’s 2012 Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge. The presidential candidates have pledged to roll back abortion rights in four key areas, and the duo join three other presidential contenders: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Bachmann went More…

Religious right poll contradicts trends on gay marriage

By | 06.17.11 | 9:12 am

A poll released Thursday by Public Opinion Strategies shows that 62 percent of Americans say that marriage in the United States should be between a man and a woman.

POS, a Republican polling firm, was hired by religious right outfit Alliance Defense Fund to conduct the poll. The poll’s numbers stand More…

Rep. Ellison: Pawlenty has drank right-wing Kool Aid

Rep. Keith Ellison told ThinkProgress on Friday that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is interested in making sure the David Kochs of the world have their way and that Pawlenty has no connections to his blue collar upbringing. Earlier in the week, ThinkProgress asked Pawlenty about corporations such as Back of More…

Bachmann still toying with potential 2012 presidential run

In Florida on Friday, Rep. Michele Bachmann told the Palm Beach Post that she’s been traveling the country to gauge national support if she decides to run for president and that she’s gotten a “fantastic reception” from activists in Iowa and South Carolina. Political prognosticators have also started to More…

Religious right webcast will feature Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann will be headlining a California-based religious right webcast on Mar. 26 along with Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Haley Barbour. The “Rediscover God in America” will be shown to churches around the country; so far only two Minnesota churches have signed up to show it. “It’s More…

Desire to defund Planned Parenthood, ‘Obamacare’ reason Bachmann voted for government shutdown

In a webinar with anti-abortion rights activists Tuesday evening, Rep. Michele Bachmann said that she voted against the continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown because it didn’t defund Planned Parenthood and “Obamacare.” She called abortion the “watershed issue of our time” and said she’s prepared to fight “eyeball-to-eyeball” to More…