Most of Eden Prairie is represented by Jenifer Loon in the state house. Loon is a conservative anti-abortion Republican with stellar ratings from the right wing. She is a presentable if boring presence on the local public stage in 55347, where I used to live.
Loon was heavily lobbied by the families of prominent gay constituents and after what she describes as lengthy wrenching personal agony came to the conclusion that--while she herself may continue to view true marriage as solely between one man and one woman--she ever-so-slightly feels that perhaps homosexuals should also be afforded admittance, possibly.
Loon is being challenged in the Republican primary by the viper-tongued rightist Sheila Kihne [ˈkēn:ē].
Michael Brodkorb and TwoPutt ascribe ill will to Kihne's candidacy.
Some Eden Prairie liberals think sensible people should vote in the Republican primary, supporting Loon over the still-further-reactionary Kihne.
TwoPutt correctly exposes the weirdness of Kihne's refusal to call for a repeal of Minnesota's new marriage equality law. Kihne and Loon both pretend that the Issue isn't gay marriage.
Long ago, Kihne and I were sparring partners among Eden Prairie bloggers. Her blog was horrible and reflected her semi-literate McCarthyism--she voiced contempt for liberals and banished lefties from her site's comments section. While severely limiting critics' ability to put questions to her, she openly attacked others for behaving as she herself does.
Democrats should not vote in the Republican primary--as Loon simply hasn't fulfilled her part of the bargain--by intelligently explaining her change of heart concerning gay marriage and by unapologetically defending her new position.
A person who opposes gay rights is being challenged by a cowardly incumbent who is ashamed to publicly admit she changed her mind and now supports gay rights. That simply does not constitute a morally important distinction.