Lots of graphics making an appearance on Facebook today! While this one looks like any other orange and blue image, when you look closer, you see the true power of this graphic. The orange background is made up of real Minnesotans that have fought so hard to defeat this mean-spirited amendment.
We worked side-by-side. We told our stories. We voted.
And together, we helped Minnesota Vote NO.
A powerful piece from MinnPost where Erin Keyes shares her personal story which includes a partner of eight years, the adoption of a child, buying a house and even raising a dog.
Recently, she was asked what it would feel like if the mean-spirited marriage amendment were to pass:
It seemed like a silly question at the time. But the truth is, I hadn’t really let myself think about it yet. In that moment, with the question hanging in the air, I felt it: an almost literal punch to the gut. Airless lungs, stinging eyes, a rock rising in my throat. For a moment.
If this amendment passes — after all the work, the money, the hard questions asked and answered, the risks taken, the eyes opened, the stories shared — it will be a moment of profound and visceral sadness for me, my partner, and for many in our state. It will mean that the essential commitments, needs, and realities of our family — the same as any two-parent family — are not recognized by over half of our fellow voting citizens.
Keyes continues with her story and reminds readers that no matter the outcome of this vote, she and her partner still won’t have any rights under the law. However, if this were to pass, voters would be letting Keyes – and all other committed same-sex couples in Minnesota – know that they are “less than” opposite sex couples and that rights wouldn’t be coming anytime soon.
Be sure to check out Keyes letter in its entirety. It’s well worth the read and is a tremendous reminder why we are fighting so hard in Minnesota.
Thank you, Erin, for sharing your personal story. Letters and stories like yours are changing history every single day.
Check out the above video to hear three stories from real Minnesotans that would be hurt if this mean-spirited marriage amendment passes in November.
This is the second video in a four-part series. According to the YouTube description:
The series is produced in association with The Four, a social media campaign to support marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State. Learn more and get involved at http://TheFour.com.
This amendment impacts real Minnesotans, real families. With just a little over 20 days to go until the election, please don’t stop sharing your stories and reminding those around you – coworkers, neighbors, family and friends – why voting NO is important to you.
In March, I posted about the importance of personal stories and shared a couple examples. One of those stories was from Maureen Walsh and how she spoke to the Washington State House of Representatives about marriage equality in Washington State. Tonight, I had the chance to watch her remarks via YouTube and I’m so glad I spent the 4 minutes to watch to this 51-year-old GOP legislator who voted for same-sex marriage.
Take a couple minutes now to watch the video. The power of stories change hearts and minds, Ms. Walsh’s story is proof of that.
This is one of the first videos I’ve seen supporting marriage equality in Minnesota. It’s a simple video, 2 minutes in length, that interjects wedding vows with video clips of real Minnesotans that love each other. Very nicely done.
For Better, For Worse, For All. Love is Love.
I’ve got to say, this MinnPost article is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. The author, Beth Hawkins, does a great job exploring the importance of messaging in amendment battles. She also includes several examples of amendment advertisements within the story. Over the next week, I’ll dig into some of the examples she provides in the article, along with others available online. It’s fascinating to think about what resonates with voters.
It’s also fascinating to learn more about the in-depth studies that were done after the Prop 8 loss in California. As time allows, I’ll do some digging into the studies and share some of those learnings on this blog as well.
We’re going to be seeing a lot of ads (TV, online, print) as both sides pour a lot of money into Minnesota targeting those voters in the middle. I’m hopeful that in sharing ads (from both sides) readers will be armed with responses when we see similar ads start to spring up here.
Oh, and Beth Hawkins, consider me a fan. ;)
Earlier today, I posted an article on how the strategy for defeating marriage amendments is changing by the telling of personal stories. Here is a great article that talks about how personal stories have had an impact on both democrats and republicans.
- New Jersey Senator, Republican Diane Allen was one of two Republicans who voted for marriage equality due to the stories she heard with anti-bullying legislation
- Washington Governor, Democrat, Chris Gregoire publicly backed a same-sex marriage bill “after years of being torn between her Catholic faith and a commitment to equality.” Her endorsement helped pass the bill
- Maryland Delegate Wade Kach, conservative, shared how he was moved by the story of a pastor and his partner who had fought cancer only to have it return; the connection and support they shared for each other had impacted his vote
- House of Representatives, Republican, Maureen Walsh spoke about how one day she wants to see her lesbian daughter get married. Walsh received an outpouring of support, but it was this story that made an impact on her:
“My daughter got a text from a young girl after I gave my speech that said, ‘Will you please thank your mother? My mother hasn’t talked to me for three years since I came out to her. My mom called me and told me she loved me tonight,’” Walsh said.
In all of these cases, personal stories changed hearts and minds. This year, in Minnesota, let’s ensure our personal stories do the same thing. I know we can defeat this thing – because we’re the friends, family, co-workers and neighbors of those who will vote this NOvember. We can do this, but only if we do it together.
Great article that talks about how marriage amendment opponents have changed their strategies over the past couple of years. Previously, there was a lot of focus on rights and benefits. However, the Times reports that over the past four years, more emphasis has been placed on family and love for good reason.
- While rights and benefits are absolutely important, those issues don’t resonate with voters.
- At the end of the day, the act of marriage is all about love and sharing the commitment with another person.
The latter message puts a face on “gay marriage” and humanizes the issue. When you think about your gay neighbor, co-worker or brother, you start to realize the impact that these types of mean-spirited laws and amendments have on real people.
This is why it continues to be so important, Minnesota, to get out and share your stories. Help your friends, co-workers and families connect this “issue” to what it’s really about: human love. Once people see that, the NO votes will start pouring in.