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  •  The amendment was a single issue (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, lostboyjim

    People were able to specifically vote their preference.  But all those pink districts that elect Republicans aren't likely to reject the Republican at the polls just because he votes against the repeal so the legislator doesn't have a strong reason to vote against his party.  For example, the western suburbs support marriage equality but they're more likely to choose their legislator on issues like taxes.  The repeal is most intensely popular in the areas which always elect Democrats anyway.  I'd worry about out state Democrats in the light blue areas.  They aren't likely to be thrown out of office based on how they vote on the repeal.

    •  Outstate dems shouldn't worry (3+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, Midwest Meg, askew

      that voting for equality would hurt them with their constituents.  I believe that the people who would vote against the dem over this issue are already voting against the dem anyway.  

      Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

      by Mark Mywurtz on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 04:10:17 PM PDT

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      •  In rural Minnesota they clearly aren't (0+ / 0-)

        Since they are holding office in seats where the voters were majority yes on 1 and yet still elected a Democrat in the state legislature.

        There are still a lot of moderate and conservative Democrats out there, especially in rural areas.

        •  that's not what he said though (2+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY, askew

          he said that the people who were yes on 1 and would vote against the Democrat for being pro-gay marriage are voting against the Democrat anyway. that statement may or may not be true, but you can't assume that everyone who voted Yes on 1 would vote against a pro-gay marriage legislator.

          Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

          by sapelcovits on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 08:17:46 PM PDT

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          •  Thanks--that's what I meant (1+ / 0-)
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            Christopher Walker

            I live in one of those districts that elected a democratic representative and senator, but voted "yes" on the amendment.  For these voters (there are a lot of older democrats fact, I think the democrats as a whole are older than the republicans), the economic platform of the DFL trumps the social issues.  So, as long as the democrats do the right things with the social safety net, taxation, infrastructure spending, etc, they'll be given more leeway than you think on social issues.  

            Anyone who is enough of a bigot to vote against their own economic interests because of a single gay marriage vote is already a republican anyway.  

            Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

            by Mark Mywurtz on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 03:57:04 AM PDT

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