Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Monday, 3/30 Senate Meets 11:00; House 1:00
Protest A Success
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This all hinges on the actions of the Speaker of the House, Margaret Kelliher. She has the power to direct the Civil Justice Committee chair to hear the bill. Will she do it??? Please call her and encourage her to do so, today; 763-296-0171.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Monday, Senate Meets 11:00; House 1:00
Monday, March 16, 2009
Senator Mee Moua Is Pissed
The Speaker of the House, who represents the gayest district in the state, is not behind a gay marriage bill that would pass if she demanded a proper hearing and a vote. She has the power to make that happen. We are not fighting the Republicans here. They can't stop this bill. The Republicans don't have enough power in this legislature to blow out a candle. We are fighting with the DFL leadership to get them to allow a vote on a bill designed to end marriage discrimination against thousands of gay and lesbian families across this state.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Monday 3/16, Senate Meets 11:00; House 1:00
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thurs. 3/12, House Meets 10:30; Senate 11:00
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Couples Intent On Suing State, Demand Marriage Licenses
Friday, March 06, 2009
Yesterday's Capitol Protest
This picture was taken by a little girl who was there with her father. When she tried to frame the picture, her father, who was talking with someone else, was in her shot, so she literally kicked him in the ass until he moved. It was kind of shocking but mostly hysterical.
On the Senate side, I was opposed by Girard, the anti-gay "ex"gay, I've known and argued with for years. I don't argue with him anymore now, it's pointless and unpleasant. I try to keep the subject off marriage. We went over to the Senate side together and chatted about his recent fame as the Minnesota boy portrayed by an actor in the film, "Milk." He's been getting many radio and television speaking spots. Anyway, when we got there he parked his wheel chair across the hall from me and began telling people as they came up the stairs, "marriage between one man and one woman only." Most people either ignore him or sneer at him and turn to me and express their support for marriage equality. He is quite amazed and perturbed at the level of support for my message. : )
Mayor Rybak, came up the Senate stairs with an entourage and walked directly over to me, shook my hand and expressed emphatic support for the cause. Girard looked rather exasperated and said, "that's my mayor!" Yeah.
Senator Scott Dibble came out of the Senate chamber, gave me a hug and told me he had a marriage bill being introduced that day. I told him I thought the news was excellent and asked if this was the same bill Rep. Karen Clark is introducing in the House. He said it is. I believe this makes 4 marriage equality bills in play so far this session. Good! Something's gotta work!