Posted at 4:35 PM on May 22, 2011
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: MN Legislature
Democrats in the Minnesota House have made a more formal protest of Friday's controversial opening prayer by a known anti-gay preacher.
At the opening of today's floor session, Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, announced a "protest and dissent" from members of his caucus. Paymar said Bradlee Dean brought dishonor to the House by violating House rules regarding non-denominational prayers and by making misleading statements about President Obama.
Paymar praised House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, for making a public apology following the incident, but he then criticized the speaker for removing all references to Dean out of the daily journal.
"While your intentions were good, there's no history of the shame that that man caused to this body," Paymar said.