Brian Brown repeatedly warns legislators that they will be punished for supporting same-sex marriage. That hasn’t happened in Minnesota.
Minnesota legislators who took a political risk in voting in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage last year have posted big campaign finance hauls, according to reports made public Saturday. The House members whose 2013 votes were contrary to most in their party or their districts brought in double, triple or even quadruple the cash they raised in 2011, according to a Star Tribune analysis. While many members of the House brought in more cash in 2013 than they did in 2011, the legislators who are expected to be targeted this year because of their same-sex marriage support stand out. The hefty campaign coffers may prove particularly helpful if they face strong challengers or voter backlash. “It’s an incredibly strong statement by people who supported the freedom to marry,” said Richard Carlbom, a spokesman for Minnesota United, the group that fought the proposed 2012 constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and lobbied last year for Minnesota to legalize those unions.
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