A Minnesota lawmaker (a man) wants adult sexual attraction to children to be included as a “sexual orientation” under state law
April 27, 2023
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Last November (shortly after the November elections), I published a paid-only Substack piece titled, “Breaking: Minnesota elects man to state office.” I have now changed the settings on that post so that it is free and shareable.
In that piece I broke down some of the voting patters in that election and in that district more generally, and said this:
Fox’s headline reads “Minnesota elects first transgender state lawmaker.” It’s true that the voters elected this guy into office (also note: there is nothing even a little bit remarkable about a man being elected into office). He got a full 81% of the district vote. His name is Leigh Finke.
In case anyone is still wondering if “transgender” refers to a civil rights movement for a marginalized group of people, it doesn’t. This is just a man who has pink hair and wears earrings, which, good for him. Live and let live, as they say.
This post will break down what’s interesting to me about the vote tally, plus a little bit of interesting information about who he is and what he does.
This is Finke (all of these images are available either on his own website or on his IMDB site):
I said in that previous post:
This is how he begins his campaign site:
“As a woman, I’m worried about a future without reproductive rights. That’s why I’m committed to the fight to protect abortion in Minnesota.”
As anyone with eyes can see, Leigh will never need an abortion. If some Democrats voted for him out of concern for abortion rights in the U.S. in light of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, fair enough. As plenty of readers know (and plenty of them are mad at me for it), I’m a staunch supporter of abortion rights. But no one should be under the delusion that Leigh actually cares about abortion rights. He’s lying about his sex and he’s lying about his politics.
(Side note: Many readers of this Substack read about my support for abortion rights and feel the need to write to me, via email or Facebook PM, things like “Real feminists don’t kill babies,” or “Please embrace Jesus Christ as your savior and renounce your stance on abortion,” or some other such thing. Readers who are tempted to do this: You’re welcome to have your say, but I ignore every one of these messages. I have been a staunch supporter of abortion rights since I wrote to Tip O’Neill in 8th grade and asked him to scrap the Hyde Amendment. During college in the 1990s, I participated in abortion clinic defense, linking arms with women (and men) who were protecting access to abortion clinics for women who wanted abortions. During law school, I volunteered at NARAL. In December 2021, during oral arguments in Dobbs, I stood in support of Roe v. Wade in the face of people who were screaming in my face that I am a “witch” and a “baby killer” and that I’m “going to hell.” If it makes you feel better to send me messages like this, have at it, but I promise that nothing you say is going to change my mind.)
Yesterday, the feminist publication Reduxx published a piece called “Transgender State Representative Moves to Allow ‘Sexual Attachment to Children’ To Be Classified as Protected ‘Sexual Orientation.’” The subject of that article is, you guessed it, Finke.
Among the Minnesota Statutes amended by the bill is a subdivision that defines the term “sexual orientation” as having “sexual attachment to another person without regard to the sex of that person.” One characteristic explicitly stated as excluded from the definition is “a physical or sexual attachment to children by an adult.” Under Finke’s proposed HF 1655, this protective clause would be removed.
What this is saying is that there exists a state law that defines sexual orientation as having sexual attachment to another without regard to the sex of the person and explicitly excludes physical or sexual attraction to children by an adult from that category and that this man is fighting to remove that exclusion. This man wants sexual attraction to children by adults to be protected as a sexual orientation under state law.
Mr. Finke, so much for your ardent support for abortion rights.
Minnesota voters, please VOTE HIM OUT.
UPDATE: Some whose twitter bio reads: “Constitutionalist, Proud Ultra Mega MAGA, America First, #TRUMP2024 Former Funeral Director and Embalmer. Award Winning Photographer and Artist” tweeted this regarding this post:
It should go without saying that I DO NOT endorse messages like this. I stand fully in support of the rights of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual people of both sexes to be protected on the basis of sexual orientation.