Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lost in Translation: A Gay Minnesota Legislator from a Conservative District Says There Are Bigger Priorities Than Marriage Equality-Like Saving the English Language

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lost in Translation: A Gay Minnesota Legislator from a Conservative District Says There Are Bigger Priorities Than Marriage Equality-Like Saving the English Language

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GAY GOP STATE SENATOR Paul Koering represents a conservative, rural district in central Minnesota where the economy depends on the struggling tourism and the paper-milling industries. Right-wingers attempted to unseat him during his last reelection campaign in 2006, distributing literature claiming Koering would promote homosexuality in schools. And he's up for reelection in 2010. This all may explain why the senator told a radio station in February that he would vote against a same-sex marriage bill introduced in the legislature on March 5.

Activists called the 44-year-old an "Uncle Mary," and his office in St. Paul was slammed with angry e-mails. But few of his critics knew that Koering voted against forcing a senate vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2005. He was the only Republican to do so. A few days later, he came out--and has been vulnerable ever since.

"I decided to open up my heart and say, 'I'm gay,'" he said four years ago. (He wouldn't comment for this article.) "Now, as far as I'm concerned, the matter is closed."

But clearly it's not. Though Koering narrowly overcame his opposition in 2006 to win reelection, his campaign next year will be another battle royal. …

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