Right now, attempts are being made in Minnesota’s courts and in the Legislature to redefine marriage or eliminate it altogether…
Those who do not agree with this new definition of marriage as a genderless institution existing for the benefit of adults – not children — will be treated under the law just like racists and bigots, and will be punished for their beliefs.
Source: Minnesota for Marriage
Check out some of the strategic tactics being used by the other side. As always, we see the use of fear, ridiculous claims and of course, children, used as reasons why putting equality for a minority up for a majority vote is a good thing.
Minnesotans, let’s not be fooled by the tactics being used by groups like Minnesota for Marriage. At the end of the day, same sex marriage is already prohibited in the state of Minnesota. This amendment does nothing other than rehash an old debate. Worse, it would write inequality into our state constitution for something that has already been defined here in Minnesota.
Ok, I think I may have a little crush on Texas Judge Tonya Parker! ;)
Take a minute to read about how she makes some great points in the courtroom. Since she cannot legally marry a woman in the state of Texas, she refuses to perform any marriage ceremonies. The article goes on to talk about some other great points she makes in the courtroom as well.
Thanks, Ms. Parker for standing up for equality and driving the point home!
I offered them the chance to see the error in their ways, to correct their mistake of putting it on the ballot…
Senator Mary Jo McGuire, February 15, 2012
Source: DFL Press Conference
Senator McGuire, in response to the bill that would have removed the marriage amendment from Minnesota voters’ ballots in 2012. Unfortunately, the repeal did not pass and equality for the minority will be up for a majority vote this November.
Minnesota is no exception. Voters will be faced with an amendment on marriage this NOvember. Proponents of the amendment say that it’s about “protecting marriage in Minnesota,” however, don’t be fooled. This amendment has little to do with protecting anything. In fact, same sex marriage is already prohibited in the state of Minnesota. Many people don’t even realize that. So truly, this amendment does nothing other than rehash an old debate. If you look at the history of amendments that voters have faced in Minnesota, there hasn’t been a single amendment that tried to limit the rights of the minority outside of this one.
And if you think Minnesota is too progressive, or could never pass such a mean-spirited amendment, you need to think again. If Minnesotans were to vote today, polls show this amendment passing. Yes, you heard that right: If we were to vote today, Minnesota voters would choose to update the state constitution to write in something that has already been defined for the state. This amendment would change absolutely nothing, other than put Minnesota on the wrong side of history.
With that said, there are some very positive signs. In December, Duluth became the first city to voice opposition to the amendment this NOvember. Minneapolis followed suit in 2012. Additionally, there have been many groups that have come out against the amendment including Minnesota Rabbis and Minneapolis Evangelical Lutherans along with high-power individuals like Marilyn Carlson Nelson, CEO of Carlson Companies. Missing from this group of opponents? Minnesota’s big businesses. Up to this point, many have been silent about the amendment this NOvember. Yet many of these same companies will be at Twin Cities Pride this year professing their love and support of the LGBT community; hypocrisy? You be the judge.
At the end of the day, marriage equality is moving forward. People like Zach Wahls are telling their stories. Non-profits like GetUp! Action for Australia are helping people to understand that love is love. Heck, even the Golden Girls were talking about marriage equality over 20 years ago.
I believe we’ll do what’s right in Minnesota and defeat this mean-spirited amendment; after all, love is love. Minnesota voters, I hope you’ll join me in voting NO at the polls this NOvember. It’s about equality. It’s about fairness. It’s about love.
And it’s about time.
I couldn’t resist posting this… In January, CEO of Carlson Companies, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, spoke out against the mean-spirited marriage amendment and how it would be bad for Minnesota businesses. In February, the National Organization for Marriage posted an article refuting the claim due to the fact that several Carlson hotels exist in states where marriage amendments have passed.
Clearly Nelson’s point about attracting talent to Minnesota where Carlson Companies HQ is based was missed by these readers. But, I’m not posting to argue the point. Instead, I’m posting because something I read in the comments struck a chord to me:
I’m 23 and am about to graduate with a master of electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Let’s assume that the Minnesota amendment passes while the WA referendum to ban same-sex marriage fails. Can anyone explain to me why the heck I would want to stay here instead of moving to Seattle? Why would I choose to stay in a place where the voters have decided that I am such a threat that I can’t marry and start my own family?
You wouldn’t want to stay there. However, the choice to stay there, or to move, is the same operation of mind that you compelled on yourself to choose to go homosexual.
It’s reading comments like these that should remind us of why this fight is so important. There are people in our own state that still believe gays and lesbians choose to be homosexual – and they will do whatever they can to make sure inequality continues to exist.
To every Mr. Incredible out there, I no more “choose to go homosexual” than I choose the color of my skin. It’s who I am and it’s how God made me. You may not believe that, but if you “choose to go” with that belief, I certainly can’t stop you. However, I can, and will, stop people like you from taking away my right to recognize the person I love in the state that I live.
Not long after the Maryland Senate joined the Maryland House in passing a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state, opponents have already drafted language for a referendum petition that would put the measure up to vote this November.
The process is started and really the goal is to make sure the citizens of Maryland can vote on this very important bill…
Delegate Neil Parrott
All eyes will be on Maryland this coming week when Martin O’Malley is expected to sign the bill into law. More to come in Maryland!
This past Thursday, CNN reported on the Maryland Senate’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage in that state. Governor Martin O’Malley has already pledged to sign the bill into law when it hits his desk. Could Maryland become the 8th state in the Nation to allow same-sex marriage? Stay tuned to find out!
It seems that as each day passes, more and more leaders and organizations are coming out against this mean-spirited amendment. A month ago, the Minnesota Rabbinical Association “adopted a statement opposing the proposed marriage amendment.”
The rabbis’ statement noted that the “Minnesota state constitution attempts to protect the rights of our citizens rather than to deny them,” while the proposed marriage amendment “seeks to continue the practice of leaving individual families within the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community vulnerable and unprotected by the law. To honor an individual is to fight against discrimination in society for any reason, including race, religion, natural origin, gender, age or sexual orientation. Throughout history the Jewish community has faced discrimination, and therefore we will not stand by while others are targeted.”
In early March, members and congregants will attend a Just Vote No event that will help engage and educate the Jewish community on defeating the marriage amendment.
I’ll continue to post examples of leaders, organizations and even religious groups that are taking a stand against this amendment and are vowing to vote No this NOvember.
Here’s a 4-minute clip from King5 News in Washington State that highlights the impacts of the Defense of Marriage Act and the fact that the Federal Government does not recognize same-sex marriages. The news story features 2 different couples in the state of Massachusetts and speaks to things like tax laws, social security and other inequities these married couples face from a federal perspective.
In the wake of Washington passing gay marriage, this is a good reminder that even with our wins, we still have a way to go.
Back in December of last year, I posted an example of why we need to stand up and fight this NOvember. Take a minute to watch the rest of the clip I posted on December 18 (or watch it from the beginning if you missed it the first time).
For those that can’t stand to watch this man, I’ve included the text below (starting at 2:33 in the video):
I would say a single parent situation would be better in my mind than a same-sex, simply because there’s no guarantee this child is going to grow up as a homosexual. A marriage allows, if you have girls, like I have, they get an experience of living with a man, before they get married. Alright. Now a single parent will most likely have relationships with the opposite sex that may or may not culminate into matrimony… And those children would still get that how to deal with the opposite sex sort of deal.
This guy is so convinced that same-sex couples would damage the fabric of society, that he would rather a child be forced to live in a single parent household. Why? Because, according to Mr. Hayes, clearly a child needs a man in the house to be able to function in this world. Mr. Hayes, I’ve got two words for you: Zach Wahls.
I’ll echo the sentiments I had to share in December:
If you wonder why we need to speak up, engage our allies and educate Minnesota voters, this is that reason. Let’s work to stop the spread of hate in Minnesota.
It’s time, Minnesota. Let’s put a stop to hate.
A great article from the Washington Post describing how the Maryland House passed a same-sex marriage bill – but just barely. As part of a “Plan B” measure, a civil unions bill was on the table for a short time. However, fortunately, the Maryland House came through and passed the bill this past Friday (2/17/12).
Friday’s tally would have fallen short without at least one Republican vote as well. After weeks of outreach, O’Malley got two: Robert A. Costa of Anne Arundel County and A. Wade Kach of Baltimore County.
You may recall that yesterday I posted a link to a news story on how it was reported that Dick Cheney may have been one of the influencers of a certain Mr. Kach. Interesting to watch this all unfold.
The bill will go to the Senate next week and it is expected to pass there as a similar measure was passed by the senate last year.
On Friday, there were several articles about Dick Cheney reaching out to GOP legislators in Maryland encouraging them to support the same-sex marriage bill that is currently making its way through the political system there.
Wade Kach, a Republican legislator from Baltimore County, told The Baltimore Sun he received an offer to talk with Cheney, whom Kach regards as a “great man,” along with messages of support for the bill from other party bigwigs, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman.
One of my co-workers texted me on Friday and said, “Hey, if Dick Cheney can do it…” Thanks, Mr. Cheney. While we may not see eye to eye on every issue, your support here is much appreciated.
I was scrolling through some posts this morning and I stumbled upon this. Of course, being curious, I used Google to learn more about the work and support Anne Hathaway is doing around Gay Marriage.
I must say, I was happy to read about an open letter to President Barack Obama that Ms. Hathaway added her name to last year urging the President to readdress his stance on gay marriage.
In February, you made a powerful statement about the law. We ask you now for your leadership on ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage – an exclusion that harms millions of Americans each day. Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before, and faces again today.
The letter was also signed by other celebs including Ellen and Jane Lynch.
Thank you, Anne.
I’m not sure why this didn’t get more news coverage this past week, but I just learned that our hopes for this mean-spirited amendment to be removed from the ballot this November are no more. This past Wednesday, Mary Jo McGuire issued a statement that the repeal had been rejected.
You may remember that in January, I posted an article when the bill to repeal the amendment was proposed. We knew that there was little hope for the repeal to happen, but with the events of the past two weeks around this country, maybe there was a chance. Sadly, that chance is no more.
So, we’ll just have to take to the polls this NOvember and show the nation that Minnesotans stand for fairness and equality – and history will remember us for our vote.
GREAT clip from KSTP, ABC News Affiliate inMinneapolisabout yet another group speaking up on their opposition to the marriage amendment this November:
Evangelical Lutheran Church leaders in Minneapolis have decided they will not endorse a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota. One out of every four Minnesotans belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
700 voting members, representing 160 churches, gathered inPriorLakeon Friday night to determine what their opinion would be on same-sex marriage.
Yet another step in the right direction! Minnesota, I think we might be able to beat this thing!!