Amy Koch’s Next Press Conference? December 26, 2011

Amy Koch’s Next Press Conference?

The story in a nutshell:

A Republican state senator from Minnesota, Amy Koch, resigned from her leadership position after allegations surfaced of an “inappropriate relationship” she had with a staffer.

Koch is married (with one child) and had tried, unsuccessfully, to pass a bill that said “a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in Minnesota.”

In a brilliant move, John Medeiros wrote an open letter to her on behalf of the gay and lesbian community apologizing for ruining her marriage:

We are ashamed of ourselves for causing you to have what the media refers to as an “illicit affair” with your staffer, and we also extend our deepest apologies to him and to his wife. These recent events have made it quite clear that our gay and lesbian tactics have gone too far, affecting even the most respectful of our society.

We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry…

I can see it now:

At some point, the opponents of gay marriage are going to have to admit their own hypocrisy. Gay marriage don’t affect straight marriages. Married people make their own decisions regardless of their orientation and they ought to take responsibility for them.

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  • MsnomirJo

    John Medeiros is from Rhode Island !

    He is a mensch and also a poet, though oddly in law school! ?

    I am honored to have known him for some time.

    He brought to my attention the sale of Traditional.Marriage prayer cards by the R.C. Bishop’s team, too….

  • Natasha Gow

    A Martyr for the cause against gay marriage? 

    tash –

  • Anonymous

    I can only hope there is a widespread admission of personal responsibility, something conservatives supposedly believe in for other issues.  I think it will be a while though.  Gov. Mark Sanford’s ex-wife did specifically blame gays for Mark’s non-gay infidelity.  I don’t recall her apologizing for making the false association.  The Catholic church blamed its pervasive child-rape and cover-ups on an era of sexual permissiveness in the wider culture.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    A Republican state senator from Minnesota

    Koch was in fact the majority leader of the Minnesota senate.

    And hey, at least the affair she had was heterosexual!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I can only hope there is a widespread admission of personal
    responsibility, something conservatives supposedly believe in for otherpeople .

    There, fixed it for you.

    You have to look pretty hard to find a Conservative admitting to personal responsibility for failure. To the authoritarian mindset, admission of failure is a weakness. Look at the latest news: Newt failed to qualify for the primary ballot in Virginia, which a normal person might attribute to disorganization of his campaign. Newt instead prefers to lay the blame on “a failed system.”

  • Michael

    It always seems that the people who most want the state to enforce morality on people are the ones who have the least ability to enforce morality on themselves.

  • Jeremy

    If they want to inject their religious view of marriage into law then let’s go all-in: add an amendment to their anti-gay marriage bills that bans any marriage benefits to people that have been unfaithful to their spouses. Even this is better than what their book actually says to do with adulterers. 

  • Brian Macker

    These are conservative politicians.  If we are to judge liberals by the politicians they elect we’d have to look pretty hard to find a liberal admitting personal responsibility for failure.   Politicians rarely admit failure.   It just doesn’t win votes.

  • Brian Macker

    To save people the effort, here is Jenny Sanford’s statement:

    “Of course I’m not saying that Mark is gay. But he may as well be.  The moral decay in this country has claimed another victim and this time it was my family.  Our marriage was perfect until these laws started passing around the country. Clearly the slow dissolution of the sanctity of marriage in America seeped into Mark’s psyche until he no longer felt compelled to abide by our vows.”Not exactly a clear thinker.   How can gays wanting to affirm a monogamous relationship lead straights to want to cheat on theirs?    I’d really like to hear the thought processes involved here just for the sheer awe of the sight.  The magnatude of self deception involved, the gap in the thought process, has to compete in size with the Grand Canyon.

  • Brian Macker

    I see this on both sides.   The left wishes to force moral behavior like charity on others, and yet don’t give at the same rate as others.

    So maybe you are on to something.   People might just observe themselves, assume the same is lacking in others, and then turn to the government to enforce what is lacking.

  • Brian Macker

    The benefits come from third parties.   So this sets up a moral hazard.   For example, it would be in the governments interest to side with the main breadwinner, despite actual facts.

  • EJC

    Just wonderful! A wonderful, wonderful response to an idiot caught with her hand in the underpants cookie jar.

  • Michael

    Absolutely, I wouldn’t say it’s a trait that is exclusive to one political party. When someone says “People need help to be moral” what they mean is “I need help to be moral and I think everyone else is like me.”

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, that Jenny Sanford quote was made up by a blogger. C’mon, doesn’t it sound a little too absurd, even for a good Christian wife?

  • Bubba Tarandfeathered

    And here we find the core tenet of religion, to hide uncomfortable truths behind highbrow ideals.

  • Michael

    Not that it’s even restricted to religion. Any ideology that involves telling people what to do seems to fit.

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