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  • Nanworimo 2009

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  • St. Paul Rally Report

    Side One

    Side one of my sign...

    Well, I can tell you that 24 degrees windchill in the shadow of the State Capital are NOT ideal conditions for any kind of rally. Still, when I got there (a little late), they had been  going for over half an hour. There were easily 100 people cheering and clapping for the speakers.

    The cold was just too much for some of the little kids. Many parents were leaving when I got there. I wish had taken some photos of the sweet families who braved the cold, clearly representing the fun, colorful, wide variety of family life in our nation. There were upbeat messages, cheerful chanting — all of it blessedly short.

    I learned a little more about the Minnesota Marriage Equality bill that was introduced earlier this year. I look forward to helping to lobby if I can (since I live right across the street from the State House).

    Side two of my sign for the rally.

    Side two of my sign.

    Although I don’t have photos, I have included the signs I made. I admit freely that I lifted the image and language from other people’s ideas on the web. I got lots of comments though, and one person asked to take a photo of me the purple one! All in all, a success, if a chilly one.

    Here’s to a future of full equality for everyone. Yes we can!

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    For Marriage Equality

    My sister – often much more eloquent than I am – has created a beautiful post about the defeat of Prop 8 in California.

    This affects our entire family in that she and her partner were the second gay couple to marry in San Francisco when marriage to them became available in 2004. We are lucky in that our entire family celebrated then, and in a family wedding in Minnesota the following year.

    So now, our entire family grieves for the passage of this discriminatory law. Not just for my sister and her wife, but for all GBTL people who are denied the right and responsibility of creating a legal family together, anywhere.

    Having lived both ends of this issue, I can tell you being able to legally marry makes a very real difference.

    Read my sister’s post here.

    Love you, sweetie.

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