Monday, May 13, 2013

"You're Gonna Make It After All!" Minnesota Makes It 12

Marriage Equality comes to the Land O Lakes.

The vote in the Senate today was close, 37 to 30.  The Governor will sign the bill.

Michelle Bachman is ever so pissed and threatening to leave the state.  Please God, don't send her to New York!

Even the state bird is happy.

Matt Baume of AFER reminds us that progress will slow to a crawl once marriage equality starts to hit those 30 states that amended their constitutions to keep the fags from marrying.


Michelangelo Signorile reminds us how far Minnesota has come in so short a time.

Minnesota is the first marriage equality state in which just a few short months ago analysts were still predicting gay marriage would be banned in the state's constitution in a ballot measure. And that dramatic turnaround underscores how rapidly public opinion is changing everywhere. Just two years ago Minnesota's then-Republican-led legislature voted to put a gay marriage ban on the ballot in 2012. Of the four states voting on gay marriage in the fall of 2012, Minnesota was viewed by political analysts and many gay activists as the long shot for a win by gays. But, in addition to beating back that measure, just six months later the Land of 10,000 Lakes has shown us what equality is all about. 
 Minnesota's marriage equality win also represents a stinging blow to the anti-gay evangelical right. This is the state that brought us Michele Bachmann, a GOP member of Congress who was running for president just a year ago, and an evangelical Christian who made her political career by pushing boilerplate religious bigotry about gays, including comparing them to Satan. With a husband, Marcus, who runs "pray away the gay" clinics in Minnesota, she's been a leader in the religious right across the country, even often taking credit for organizing anti-gay activists in Minnesota to get the marriage amendment on the ballot last fall. It was the hope of anti-gay forces nationwide that Michele Bachmann would keep the tide of gay marriage back. But the floodgates have opened.



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Wormwood's Doxy said...

It is particularly painful to those of us in NC, who will forever bear the shame of being the very last state to write bigotry into our constitution.

But we do not give up. We are still pushing to overturn that obscenity. And we matter how long it takes.


Malcolm+ said...

There's a typo in the link to the Matt Baume piece at Joe My God. You're missing the J in Joe.

JCF said...

It's very embarrassing, here in the Left Coast "Land of Fruits&Nuts" California, stuck in SCOTUS-Limbo, to see states like Minnesota (eh?) go ahead of us.

What would have happened, I wonder, if the @sshole "Governator" hadn't vetoed marriage equality when he did? [I think in 2007] Would it have gotten subsequently kibosh'd by a PropH8 anyway, or was the "activist judges!" line crucial? [I imagine they're saying much the same thing in New Jersey, currently. Hope NJ gets marriage equality soon---hope we ALL do!]

JCF said...

I have to say, I just watched the MTM starting about 5 times, revelling in my memories. God, I loved that show. Just for the cultural transitions alone (can you believe it was only on 7 years, 1970-77? It seems like a couple of decades!), it has so much to analyse... [Prayers for MTM, and esp Valerie Harper, in their bad health :-( ]

Counterlight said...

@Malcolm, I think I've fixed the problem now. The link is working from my end.

@JCF, Indeed, the memories come flooding back whenever I hear that theme song too. I wonder how much of it is the show (which was wonderful), and how much of it is from a now very distant time in our pasts?

California may be in Prop H8 limbo right now, but marriage equality will come to the Golden State long before it comes to Texas.

JCF said...

And speaking of prayers for health: {{{Angelina Jolie}}}, my new hero.

[Strangely enough, I never found her all that attractive, before. But NOW??? Vavavavvvvvvoooommmm! She's got a great pair of...hemispheres of her BRAIN! ;-D]