Ventura Proclamation a 'Celebration of Homosexuality,' Says Pro-Family Group

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

( - Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura insulted "the deeply held beliefs of millions of Minnesotans" when he recently proclaimed June of this year as "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Month," and at the same time refused once again to issue a proclamation noting May 2 as a "National Day of Prayer," according to the Minnesota Family Council.

"Once again, Governor Ventura has thumbed his nose at millions of Minnesotans with his celebration of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism while refusing to acknowledge the important role prayer and faith play in our society," said Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, in a statement.

Prichard said he is baffled by Ventura's behavior because, he said, there's been a resurgence of faith and prayer in Minnesota and around America since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"It boggles the mind why he continues his refusal to acknowledge the role religion and prayer play in our national heritage while actually celebrating sexual behaviors such as homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism which involves men dressing as women," said Prichard, who added that this is the second time Ventura has rejected the idea for a day of prayer.

"Minnesota deserves better, much better, from its governor," Prichard concluded.

In the proclamation, Ventura said, "the strength of a democratic society must be based upon equal participation without prejudice of all people in the social, economic and political activities of the community."

He also said the proclamation reaffirms his administration's commitment to "support, preserve and advance the civil rights guaranteed for all Americans."

"Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community have made significant contributions towards the enhancement of our quality of life through active involvement in the economic and political activities of the community," Ventura said.

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