This Thursday, Minnesota State Democratic Rep. Tim Faust said the Bible is not a legitimate reason to deny marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. Faust, who is also a Lutheran minister, suggested that the only thing preventing gay couples from their freedom to marry is archaic religious belief.
“Not too long ago, I probably would have voted ‘no’ on this bill, but in the past there have been a couple of things that changed my mind on this,” Faust said on the House floor. “The first one is, in the last ten years I’ve had conversations with hundreds — and I guess now it is in the thousands — of people about this issue, and in 99.9 percent of the time the people that are opposed to gay marriage at some point in their discussion they always say, ‘My Bible says.’”
“And so if this is the reason or rationale for being opposed to this or why this law is currently in place, the question that keeps going through my mind over and over again is do we as a society have the right to impose our religious beliefs on somebody else?”
Faust went on to say that his own marriage contributed to his evolution on the issue.
“Today we have the opportunity to give a part of our population, fellow brothers and sisters of God, the same rights that most of us have taken for granted since the day we knew what the opposite sex was,” he went on to say.
Faust represents a somewhat conservative district and had previously been undecided on the subject. He attended a demonstration that opposed same-sex marriage in April, but in a curious speech, he told the crowd he wasn’t quite sure why he was there.
On Thursday, Minnesota representatives voted 75-59 to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.
Listen to Tim Faust in the video below.