Here’s a quick update on the four states voting on marriage equality:
Maryland (4% reporting)
Maine (4.8% reporting):
Minnesota* (3% reporting):
Polls still open
*Reminder, a NO vote in Minnesota keeps an anti-marriage amendment out of our constitution. Maryland and Maine are voting for same-sex marriage, so a yes there is a good thing.
Ladies and gentlemen, Minnesota polls are now closed. Gosh, it’s been an emotionally-charged 36 hours! Thank you to everyone that stood for equality today and voted NO.
Now we we watch and wait…
What a year it has been! From my very first blog post last year, I could never have anticipated the excitement, anxiety and hope this journey would bring! I’ve met some wonderful people through the process and my faith in one person being able to make a difference has been restored.
So, tonight, in the comforts of my own home, I’m throwing a little election party with a couple close friends. As I posted last night on Facebook:
Blue and orange mylar balloons, $7.
Matching blue and orange plates, napkins utensils, and streamers, $18.
Blue and orange hand soaps, $6.
Standing up for equality and making history, priceless.
I can’t image not being with friends tonight as we watch the results come in. If you are still looking for a gathering place, Minnesotans United for All Families has put together a big viewing party. You can learn all about it on their Facebook page.
In just over 3 hours, Minnesota polls will close and we will know what side of history Minnesota will fall on…
Yesterday, Workday Minnesota shared an article featuring quotes from several union leaders as to why they are voting no on the mean-spirited marriage amendment:
“People ask, ‘why is labor coming out against this? — It’s a social issue,’” acknowledges Mark Bradley, Roseville, a member of two unions, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. He offers a ready answer: “It affects our members directly. It affects their benefits. It affects our members’ personal lives.”
Another quote shared focuses on the fact that unions have a history of standing up for civil rights:
“The labor movement has long stood in support of civil rights for all people and this case is no different,” says Bill Heaney, St. Anthony Village, legislative and political director for the IBEW Minnesota State Council, which opposes the marriage amendment. He adds, “everything I was taught growing up from my folks reinforces how wrong it is.”
It’s a longer article, but it’s full of examples of different organizations standing up for equality and voting NO on the mean-spirited marriage amendment.
The coalition built across this state is strong; may the work that has been done up to this point help us defeat this freedom-limiting amendment!
Imagine my surprise when my phone buzzed this afternoon with the text:
YOU WERE QUOTED ON GLOBALPOST.COM [emphasis his]
Well sure enough, in an article titled “Minnesota marriage amendment a tight race,” Alex Pearlman includes a quote I shared about Frank Schubert and his strategy.
Schubert’s work via the National Organization for Marriage, which handles a significant amount of the contributions to block gay marriage amendments nation-wide has been accused of “twisting the truth” being “mean-spirited” and using “scare tactics” both in Minnesota and across the country.
“While there is nothing illegal about Schubert’s strategy, this behavior highlights the type of people that are running the campaign for amendment support. Schubert could care less about having a conversation and encouraging Minnesotans to consider both sides of the issue,” writes a blogger who goes by Mark and runs the site Minnesota for Equality. “He will do whatever it takes to make sure this mean-spirited amendment passes, and so far, his strategies have proven extremely successful.”
Is it weird that I just quoted someone that quoted me? :)
Polls are still open for just under 4 more hours. Let’s keep getting the word out and ensure that Minnesota votes NO!
It’s no surprise to see complaints rolling in from both sides of the amendment fight about election materials being too close to polling places. Turns out the Catholic Church left up banners and prayers supporting the amendment in at least two locations. According to SFGate:
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says signs supporting the proposed amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota were left up at two churches by mistake.
In another case, a banner supporting the amendment was up at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church in South St. Paul. Accurso says staff tried to remove it before polls opened, but it wouldn’t come down.
Both signs are now removed.
On the other side of the amendment fight, amendments supporters filed a whistle blower report on the Star Tribune because a vehicle that had been “wrapped” with Vote No was parked near a polling place.
A truck for Minnesota Families United has been parked directly in front of the front entrance to the polling place all day.
According to the Star Tribune article, the van was no longer parked at that location as of 3pm.
Minnesota law prohibits campaign materials from being displayed within 100 feet of a polling location.
Good morning, Minnesota. Your polls are now open!
If you need one last refresher on where you vote, you can find links on the Voting Information page.
To all of the volunteers for Minnesotans United, good luck out there today!
If you need a final jolt of motivation going into today, check out this great Vote No Minnesota video posted on YouTube.
If it made you smile, reblog and share with your followers, too!
What an amazingly powerful moment in Minnesota’s history. Please, share with friends.
For those that may not be out yet, or have been struggling with this mean-spirited amendment even being on the ballot, let the below be a reminder that there is much good in this world.
May this inspire and give us hope for a Minnesota that votes NO.
Source: Twin Cities Pride Facebook page
What an emotional night. In 24 hours the polls will be closed in Minnesota and history will be decided. I know in reading a lot of status updates tonight, I’m not the only one filled with emotion right now.
Scared, anxious, excited, nervous… but most of all, hopeful. Hopeful that we do what is right in Minnesota – that we stand up for equality and say NO to amending our constitution to limit the rights of others.
It’s the golden rule. Treat others like you would want to be treated.
Minnesota, this is it. Show me the inner good that I know you are filled with. Please vote no on Amendment 1.
In the final weeks before the election, we’ve seen numerous organizations, newspapers and businesses take a stand against the mean-spirited marriage amendment.
The below letter from Cummins, Inc. was shared by Minnesotans United for All Families today. In the letter, Tony Satterthwaite makes it clear that Cummins, Inc. believes a No vote is in the best interest of Minnesota:
Minnesota Marriage Amendment
October 18, 2012
At Cummins, diversity is a core company value. Diversity means our individual differences never have to be checked at the door. The leadership at Cummins has long argued that diversity creates a stronger and more competitive work environment, and ultimately helps us attract and retain top talent.
We have a history of standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity. Our leaders championed the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, we stood up against Apartheid in the 1980’s and in 2000, due in large part to feedback from our Minnesota employees, Cummins began offering domestic partner benefits, despite opposition. Simply put, Cummins strives to ensure all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.
However, here in the state where we work and live, a battle to stifle diversity continues to be waged. SF 1308, which is commonly reffered to as the Marriage Amendment, is on the ballot in the form of a referendum this November. This amendment to the Minnesota Constitution would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman only. Current polling in Minnesota indicates that the vote on the Marriage Amendment will be very close, and could go either way.
Cummins strongly believes this amendment is bad for Minnesota, and Cummins is playing a key role among Minnesota businesses to defeat this amendment. The Marriage Amendment will negatively impact business in Minnesota by sending a message of intolerance and lack of respect for people of diverse backgrounds. Cummins understands that embracing the diverse perspectives of all people with different backgrounds makes our company stronger and more competitive.
Minnesota has traditionally been a good place for Cummins to do business. We expect our impact on Minnesota’s economy will grow as we add high-paying jobs to the job market in the future. However, the marriage amendment will create a less welcoming environment making it more difficult for companies like ours to attract and retain the top talent we need. Cummins wants to grow in Minnesota. Cummins wants an environment that respects all people. Cummins wants people to come to Cummins and to Minnesota because of our values and because of our welcoming communities. The Marriage Amendment runs counter to what people deserve and what Cummins values.
For these important reasons, Cummins is firmly opposed to the Marriage Amendment.
Vice President, Cummins Inc.
President, Cummins Power Generation, a division of Cummins Inc., based in Minnesota employing nearly 2,000 people in the state.
See a copy of the letter here:
Source: Minnesotans United
When all is said and done, those businesses that stood on the right side of history – and took a stand for equality – will be remembered.
Frank Schubert has been busy in Minnesota, Maine, Maryland and Washington this election season. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has been pouring out-of-state money into each of these races to help fund ads filled with scare tactics and misleading information to trick people into voting against equality.
If you have any doubt, take a look at this fantastic video that TheFour put together in which they compare the commercials currently running in each of the four states that have marriage initiatives on the ballot.
While each commercial has their state-specific organization stamped on the screen, the fact that each commercial is identical highlights an organized effort at the national level to stop marriage equality.
The commercials use the same messaging that has worked so well for Schubert in other states like California where voters elected to limit the rights of committed same-sex couples.
Minnesota, Maine, Maryland and Washington, let’s send Schubert a strong message: Your scare tactics are outdated and voters are smart enough to see through your twisting of the truth.
Oh, and take your money and mean-spirited commercials elsewhere. In Minnesota, we believe in the Golden Rule.
In Minnesota, we Vote No.