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Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove bows in prayer Friday morning, for the second time because the first House opening prayer was so controversial. Kriesel is one of two Republicans who says he will vote against an amendment that would ban gay marriage. Don Davis / Forum Communications Co.

Prayer upsets some Minnesota House members as final Friday begins

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ST. PAUL - The final Friday of the 2011 Minnesota Legislature opened with a prayer that upset many House members for its strong pro-Christian overtones.

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Most legislative opening prayers are inclusive all religions, but Bradlee Dean today said that every president through 2008 acknowledged Jesus when he took office, an obvious shot at President Barack Obama.

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