'We are all children of God'

By David Ruth
Posted on Wed Apr 5th, 2006

Some of yesterday’s most powerful testimony at the Senate hearing where the anti-marriage amendment was soundly rejected came from former Minnesota Viking Esera Tuaolo. Esera was a premier college football player and played 10 seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2000 and coming out as a homosexual. Esera and his partner, Mitchell, have two children.

Click here, or on the lower picture, to watch Esera’s compelling testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. (Be patient, it might take awhile to load, but it's well worth it.)

Some of the highlights of his testimony (emphasis his):

My credentials is I’m a human being. My other credentials is that I love my children with all my heart and soul. My other credentials are that I love my husband with all my heart and soul.


When I found out that I was going to be testifying today to you, I prayed to God. I prayed to God to give me the wisdom. I prayed to God to give me the strength to do this. And the thing that was bestowed onto my heart is that he asked me to ask you guys to stop. Stop the insanity, stop the discrimination, stop everything, because as I sit before you, along with all these beautiful human beings in this room, are human beings, that we are all children of God.


As they were testifying and using things of the Bible like Sodom and Gomorrah. And for me, Sodom and Gomorrah wasn’t just because of the homosexuals. I grew up Pentacostal Assembly of God, so I know a few things about the Bible, I know God loves me. Sodom and Gomorrah was about people doing evil. Not just about the homosexuals, but people doing evil. That’s why he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. If it was about the homosexuals then he just would have took the homosexuals and destroyed us. But it wasn’t about that.

I know God loves me because the Bible tells me so. I know God loves me because the Bible tells me so.

People look at the Bible and they don’t see that it’s a book of hate, and discrimination. They look at the Bible and they see a Bible of love, compassion and forgiveness.

Don’t quote me Leviticus if you don’t read the whole Book of Leviticus. Don’t quote me the Bible if you do not read the New Testament, because that is the new covenant of His love—for all human beings. Not for blacks nor whites nor gays nor straight. For all human beings.

I love my children and I love my family and if you pass this amendment, you will put people in the state of Minnesota in a position where they have to vote on somebody’s life—not vote on a leader or vote on raising taxes—but on somebody’s life. And I pray to you to please have mercy. Please have mercy.


I came into this world by myself. I will leave by myself. I will obey the laws of the land. But the laws of the land does not mean discrimination against a human being. And when I die, and I come before my Father, he, and only he, no one on earth, will judge me for my soul.



Lavender has a column attacking Dean Johnson (#1)
by lloydletta on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 04:51:25 PM PDT

I can't understand attacking Dean Johnson about the Bachmann amendment.  

Johnson's attorney was ready to bring witnesses to one of the discussions with a judge - and the ethics committee decided not to go there with trying to figure out the truth of this with he said, he said, she said.  

There are a number of DFLers who I believe deserve criticism on this one - Hatch isn't one of them.  

If folks want to write letters to the editor, it's editor@lavendermagazine.com.  


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