Lavender Magazine names Republican John Kriesel its 'Person of the Year'

A Minnesota magazine serving the gay and lesbian community has named the Cottage Grove Republican its 2011 person of the year after he dissented from his party's majority opinion and came out against a proposed state amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
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