Minnesota for Marriage, the group
working to approve the state's proposed gay marriage ban, has denied
responsibility for a Facebook post which condones death for gay men
and lesbians, claiming the group's account was hacked.
The post included the Bible verse
“If a man has sexual relations with a
man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is
detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on
their own heads.”
Saying he “won't be intimidated,”
Andy Parrish, the group's deputy campaign manager, tweeted on
Wednesday morning that his online accounts were hacked and “garbage”
was posted on the Facebook page of Minnesota for Marriage.
“My Twitter, Facebook, @gmail.com
@me.com were all hacked and garbage was posted on the Minnesota For
Marriage FB. I won't be intimidated,” he messaged.
“There's always somebody in this game
that wants to inflict or inject a hateful, divisive message, and
that's what happened here,” Chuck Darrell, communications director
for Minnesota for Marriage, told Talking
Points Memo. “We've been running our message for over a year
now, and it's been a very pro-family, pro-children, pro-marriage
message, and promoting respectful discussion. We'll be searching for
the person who committed this act and we're prosecuting them to the
full extend of the law.”
In the post's comments, at least one
response was attributed to the account of Minnesota for Marriage.
When a user named Brad Michael asked,
“So, should gay people be put to death?” Minnesota for Marriage
answered, “Brad – No one can deny the Word of God.”