Yes, this video is over 3 years old, but it’s still such a classic. This was the very moment that I fell in love with Keith Olbermann.
1967. The Parents of the president-elect of the United States could not have married in nearly 1/3 of the states of the country their son grew up to lead.
Impassioned Olbermann speaks out against Prop 8 and the inequities it creates in the State of California.
Take a couple minutes out to watch. Thank you Mr. Olbermann for caring so much and sharing your message with the world.
And unfortunately, I don’t think this will change into the new year. As a leader at one of these 13, there’s a lot of talk about the amendment from employees, but a clear message that the company will not take a stand. Sad, really. Do we think it’s good for business? No. However, after all of the drama that Target and Best Buy went through with Mn Forward, no one dares speak out.
Glad to hear that the Carlson Companies are in a different place! :)
A trailer for an upcoming Documentary called, “The Right to Love: An American Family.” This looks really good and according to YouTube, the movie will be out in early 2012.
Remember: Minds and hearts are changed when we tell our story. Here’s hoping this documentary helps even a few.
It’s time for Minnesotans to take notice of what the other side is planning from a strategic standpoint in their efforts to pass the marriage amendment in November. I’ve highlighted a couple of those points:
- Encouraging religious leaders to speak out, despite the separation of church and state. Lawyers believe that religious leaders have a lot of leeway in what they can say, but many are too fearful. Key message: Speak up and let your parishioners know they they need to vote for the measures that match their stated faith
- Take the focus off of “gays and lesbians” and instead focus on marriage being about procreation. This technique will do a lot of good for proponents of this measure – and they know it is needed to pass in our land of Minnesota nice. If we can convince voters that this doesn’t actually impact anyone (which is completely not true), people won’t feel as bad voting for this measure. One word: Shady
- Focus on the message that Minnesota voters should have the “right” to speak their mind. Regardless of what the measure may be, this technique will focus on pointing out that Minnesota voters should be able to decide themselves. Scary when you start letting the majority dictate the rights of a minority, but most proponents won’t see it like that
Overall, proponents of this measure will employ some smart and powerful techniques as they work hard to pass this amendment in Minnesota. Remember, this amendment has passed in every state that it’s been proposed in; when I read articles like this, I worry for what NOvember brings…
Take 2 minutes to watch this video of Michele Bachmann being put on the spot by a teen who leads the GSA (or Gay-Straight Alliance to help folks like Michele who don’t know what that is) at their local highschool. This courageous teen ask
Teen: Why can’t same-sex couples get married?
Michele: Well they can get married. But they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.
Teen: Why can’t a man marry a man?
Michele: Because that’s not the law of the land.
Truly, my favorite part of the video is when Michele argues that same-sex couples can get married, it’s just they have to get married to the opposite sex. Not sure if she gets this whole concept yet… ;)
Ok, this is pretty good! I had to check this out to confirm it wasn’t just photoshopped and sure enough, here’s the official Manhattan Mini Storage blog. Win. :)
A day after the St. Paul City Council unanimously voted to oppose the marriage amendment slated for this year’s ballot, the City of Minneapolis followed suit. Today’s vote will be officially approved on February 10.
While this is great news, we won’t win this battle in the Cities. We need to reach out far and wide into this great state to tell our stories and have the conversation with voters of all ages.
We’ve started with St. Paul and Minneapolis, onward we must go!
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, CEO Carlson Companies
Fairness, righteousness and equality are strong arguments for voting against this amendment… Like many, I was taught to do unto others — to love thy neighbor (not just some neighbors) — and I was also taught that everyone has inalienable rights, the pursuit of happiness being one.
The St. Paul City Council approved a resolution today opposing the marriage amendment on the November 2012 ballot. Way to go St. Paul – thank you for standing for equality!
A couple weeks back, I blogged about an Op Ed piece written by Carlson Companies CEO, Marilyn Carlson Nelson. The article was inspiring as well as motivational from a business perspective. Carlson wrote that not only does this amendment do bad things for the people it affects, it also does bad things for Minnesota business.
Well, today as I was reading the news, I saw a follow-up article on MinnPost that shared the response Carlson received from her Op Ed article. In fact, the message went viral and she’s received hundreds of letters – all outpouring of support.
Check out this follow-on story to the original piece. Those who are part of Carlson Companies should be proud that they have a leader like Marilyn!
Aww, Kristin Chenoweth on Michele Bachmann, Christianity and gay marriage.
All I would say is that marriage has been voted on 32 times in this country in 32 states, from Maine to California and 32 times the people of this country have said that marriage is between a man and a woman…
Rick Santorum, January 23, 2012
Rick Santorum in response to the question, “Are you going to try and make it illegal for gay people to get married?” Looks like we have our answer.
North Carolina is going to vote on a possible amendment to our state constitution that would BAN same sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. That means, even if you go to NY and get married, if you’re a resident of NC, you will not have the legal rights that a married couple has. Because of this, there have been a few small movements in NC in a way to protest and get the message out there to people who may not be informed about the upcoming vote.
This is a great video, albeit a little sad. It highlights the impact that proponents of “traditional marriage” have on other peoples’ lives.
I realize that I’m many states away, but whatever I can do to help, NC, I’m standing with you!
Great article that talks about how the Eden Prairie City Council approved an ordinance crating a domestic partner registry last week. They are the 18th city in the state to offer the registry – and the ordinance passed overwhelmingly.
Cool to see. Go Eden Prairie! One step closer in the fight for equality.
Santorum dances around the question yet again. I’m very intrigued by him. Sometimes he’ll share his views directly, other times, he’ll dance around the question. For example, when asked if he would try to change the law in states that allow gay marriage:
I would change the law to make a uniform definition of marriage in this country… I would re-institute the traditional marriage as the best template for our society.
Can you imagine the step back in our history if he were elected and made gay marriage illegal across all 50 states? Scary.