Yesterday at the Capitol, I met with Representative Mike Jaros of Duluth to encourage him to follow through on his proposal to change the state's definition of "family" to include domestic partners. Without going into to too much detail, the deadline for policy legislation is today and he wasn't sure if he could get it in. But, there are alternatives. Rep. Phyllis Kahn has been collaborating with Jaros on the project and may be the key to getting it introduced this session. Jaros expressed a desire to find a term to replace "domestic partner" because of all the heat surrounding this term. I suggested the wording should be "same or different gender life partner," which includes unmarried different sex couples who also should be included in the definition of family. He seemed pleased with that. We'll see what happens.
There was an interesting occurrence in front of the Senate yesterday. I had the "GAY FAMILIES DESERVE AND DEMAND EQUALITY" banner and as an elementary school group was passing by me, a little boy about ten years old reads the sign out loud, gives me the thumbs up and barks, "GOOD MESSAGE." And there were other expressions of support from this group, as well. Where do all these great kids come from? It's a hopeful thing. There was a Maranatha Christian Academy bus in front of the Capitol........nah.
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