A group of prominent Minnesota Republicans have formally organized to fight an amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports on the announcement Thursday that five Republican leaders would join Minnesotans United for All Families, the group fighting the amendment. They are Dale Carpenter, who teaches at the University of Minnesota Law School; former gubernatorial candidate Wheelock Whitney; Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove, one of four House Republicans to oppose the amendment; former Bush White House counsel Richard Painter; and former St. Paul deputy mayor Susan Kimberly.
This is what we need to see more of. Equality is not a partisan issue; the more support we get from both sides, the better. Major props to these individuals.
I thought I’d never say this…yay minnesota!
Can you believe that we’re still fighting for equality in America? To be against marriage for everyone is utter discrimination.
Brad Pitt. Read more in his interview with Parade magazine here. (via gaywrites)
There is enormous, heartbreaking evidence that civil unions are not equal to marriage.
Kevin Cathcart (via gaywrites)
I don’t understand why it is considered by some people to be a threat to heterosexual marriage to allow it by gays and lesbians. Shouldn’t we be promoting that kind of faithfulness and loyalty to one’s partner regardless of sexual orientation?
Al Gore (via gaywrites)
Gay couples in Seattle and other cities in Washington have been eyeing states like New York with jealousy. It’s time for Washington to take a step in support of marriage equality, they say.
This awesome article from SeattlePi details the ongoing fight for (and against) marriage equality in Washington. A big component of the argument is that both sides believe public opinion is with them. Numbers say otherwise:
— More than 24,000 households in Washington are led by same-sex partners.
— In Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula and in San Juan County, comprising most of its namesake islands, more than one out of every 50 couples is same-sex.
— Seattle shows that 3 percent of couples are male partners and more than 2 percent are female partners. The number of same-sex couples in King County grew by 37 percent over the decade, slower than the state as a whole.
— Nearly one-quarter of same-sex couples lead a household with children.
Read this for a good overview of one state’s struggle to reach for gay marriage when both sides claim they’re right. This is relevant to pretty much everyone right now, and chances are multiple states are facing the same challenges.
24000? really? thats kind of amazing. why are we denying the rights of 48,000 people? and thats just in one state.