Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
No Shit. Join The Club.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
One More From Yesterday And Right Now
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I thanked Senator, Sandy Pappas on the Senate stairs today for her work on the Domestic Partner Benefits bill. She was gracious and commented, "This is just main stream now," meaning the existence of domestic partner benefits. When I mentioned Pawlenty's veto threat she said, "He'll be vetoing many of our bills." After all their work, and I can that these legislators work hard, the knowledge of these impending vetoes must be a total downer for them. Perhaps a Pawlenty recall campaign is in order.
Tomorrow, Thursday, it's the House at 10:00 and the Senate at Noon.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Senate Meets Noon Tomorrow; Nothing On House
A man came up to me with his family in tow and thanked me for doing what I was doing because his son is gay. He seemed to be choking up. I thanked him for his words. It was the "GAY FAMILIES DESERVE AND DEMAND EQUALITY" shower curtain this morning.
Then there was a group of four curious Muslim girls. They wanted to know about my family and what my religion was. I told them a husband, basset hound, cat and no deities. They were cute.
Duane was able to join me for this evening's session of the House. Not many lobbyists around for the late show so the House foyer was dominated by Marriage Equality.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Senate Meets Noon; House 12:30, Monday
Pound For Freedom
Friday, March 23, 2007
Today, Friday At The Capitol
Labels: Tarryl Clark
Surprise! Friday Floor Sessions
Same Or Different Gender Life Partner?
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Change Up In Meeting Times Tomorrow
My Meeting With Senator Jungbauer
Senate Meets 11:00; House 11:30 Today
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
You Should Put The Word "Gay" In There
On a lighter note, I'm wondering if the opposition is a little worried about Senator Jungbauer's friendliness toward me. Yesterday, in front of the Senate the opposition guy, Keith, who shadows me wherever I set up at the Capitol, kind of rudely forced himself in front of me and grabbed Senator Jungbauer's hand as he approached me to say hello the way he usually does. Jungbauer had to awkwardly turn his head to say "Hi" as Keith pulled him away. DON'T LISTEN TO THE SIREN SONG OF THAT HOMOSEXUAL!
After setting up in front of the House I realized that the DFL was caucusing and would be approaching from a different direction as they entered the House, so I packed up and moved to another spot. One security guard seemed curious at my move so I told him, "The chi was bad over there." He smiled vacantly.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
"I Don't Hate YOU...Just What You Are"
Labels: news readers
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday At The Capitol
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
"The Rest Of The World Is Going That Way So What The Hell"
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The Guy Was A Ringer
House Meets Today...Surprise!
Tomorrow and Thursday the Senate meets at 11:00. No information on the House yet for those days.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Lawmaking Set To Music
It's Time To Prohibit Hate Speech
First, there is a recent news story from Canada about a Quebec radio personality that has been suspended from his job and is under investigation for violating Canada's hate speech law. Quebec is in the midst of an election campaign and one of the leading candidates for premier is openly gay. The radio personality is in trouble because he said that he didn't think that factory workers would vote for a gay candidate. What?! Compare that to the recent statements by Ann Coulter! The Canadians are wise enough to understand that free speech is an absolute, absolutely nowhere. Speech has always been regulated, so why not use the law to inhibit speech that is designed to diminish and discourage minorities from participating fully in society.
Next, Iowa did it. They now have a law aimed at prohibiting the bullying of gay students. Have no doubt, it will make that state a much better place for everybody to live, especially gay people no matter what age they are. When children learn in school that it is not ok to harass gay people, they will carry that critical learning home with them and into adulthood, making it far less likely that gay people will face harassment on the streets of their neighborhoods in the future.
My husband and I have had many experiences of being harassed by people that are young enough to be our children and even grandchildren. What are people teaching their kids? Obviously, we can't rely on people to prepare their children for life in a diverse world or even to teach them the most basic respect for their fellow human beings. And parents aren't the only ones to blame. Irresponsible religious leaders exploiting the worst in people, politicians doing the same and media people are all contributors.
I think it's time for this debate to begin. The mere debate over this type of law, I believe will have a chilling effect on would be harassers. Most people don't really follow the news very closely. They would hear of the proposed law being discussed and assume it was actually the law. The benefits of such a proposal to gay people would be immediate.
Labels: hate speech
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Senate And House Meet Tomorrow
Saturday, March 10, 2007
U.S. Supreme Court Said It Best
Labels: Loving v Virginia
Friday, March 09, 2007
Marriage Equality In Minnesota's Future
Three Small Steps Toward Equality
Thursday, March 08, 2007
A Capitol Double Header Today
This morning in front of the House I had a chance to talk with Rep. Cy Thao for a little bit. I asked him if he knew which bill Rep. Frank Hornstein had amended to include domestic partners. He thought it was a "teacher insurance" bill.
In a previous conversation I had with Rep. Thao, he said that if a marriage equality bill comes to the floor of the House, "I will vote for it." I say let's give him one! Way to go Rep. Thao!
There was a group advocating for the arts today, so as you can imagine there was a lot of support expressed for the marriage equality message as these folks passed by. In fact, on the Senate side, as two young female arts boosters with piercings and magenta hair passed by on their way to go down the stairs, they stopped and grabbed my arms, thanking me for being there advocating for marriage equality. It was very crowded at the top of the Senate stairs so the people behind them trying to get down the stairs had to wait while these young women were talking to me. The person stalled immediately behind this love fest, having to take it all in was Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, House sponsor of the failed anti-gay marriage amendment in previous sessions.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Rep. Frank Hornstein Takes Action For Equality
Ducks And Ice Cream At The Capitol
Shortly after I got set up in front of the Senate, a middle aged man wearing jeans, a heavy shirt and a hunting cap was making his way alone up the treacherous Senate stairs. He was carrying a real, stuffed Mallard duck, perched on a piece of driftwood. He didn't look like the typical gay marriage supporter, but came right up to me, looked me in the eye, gave me a thumbs up and said, "I totally agree with you." I thanked him and he moved on.
Next, a lobbyist I hadn't seen there before said, "You shouldn't even have to be here," adding that the government has no business messing with our lives.
There was a Spanish-speaking family at the top of the stairs, a man and woman with young children, apparently touring the Capitol. The dad left down the stairs with two of the children leaving the mom with one four year old boy at the top. The aforementioned lobbyist was trying, in English, to ask the mom if her boy would like some ice cream. I couldn't remember the Spanish word for ice cream at the time, of course (elado?), so I couldn't help, and his assistant kept repeating, "ice cream" in French. Eventually, the lobbyist was able to get the mom to understand his intentions and she said, "Si."
The mom and boy waited while the lobbyist went to buy the ice cream. When he returned, he gave the ice cream novelty to the elated boy who then decided to join his dad at the bottom of the stairs. He lay down on the stairs, on his stomach and slid backwards, all the way down. His mom had retrieved the ice cream from his extended hand before he launched. Way to conquer those treacherous stairs.
On the House side...more later.
LET ME MARRY MY PARTNER OF 16 YEARS
It takes hours to make a shower curtain banner. The curtain has to be attached to a rod and hung to stretch out the folds as much as possible so it isn't such a pain to paint on. Then it has to be marked up so the lettering will be uniform. The painting, which is done freehand, takes the longest. I like to use a flat latex paint because anything glossier tends to stick after the banner's been rolled up for a while. I give the paint at least an hour to dry before I trim the excess material off the bottom of the curtain and fold up a short hem that nearly meets the bottom of the lettering, secured with glue or packing tape. Lately, I prefer the tape because it's faster than waiting for glue to dry and really holds just about as well. The hem at the bottom should be big enough to slip a rod through if it's going to be used outside. There's no need for a rod indoors and the Capitol police wouldn't allow it anyway. Nothing long and hard at the Capitol! Also for outdoor use, grommets should be placed in the hem at either end to accommodate attachments for hooking onto a fence or to attach a slack rope to stand on if you're holding the banner and it's windy.
In order for one person to be able to hold the banner so it's fully extended, I tape a short (19"), thin (within regulation) dowel to the back, top of the banner at both ends. I cover them with pieces of vinyl from the curtain's leftovers, otherwise it looks tacky. If it's outside, a full length rod works fine, too (and is far more pleasurable).
I'm at the Dunn Bros. on University on my way to the Capitol. Later.