Postedon Feb 19, 2010 at 09:25 am
The House Civil Justice Committee will be the first in Minnesota’s history to conduct a hearing on the possibility of legalizing the freedom to marry in the state. Three bills will be up for discussion on Monday, and all three are supportive of expanded relationship rights for Minnesota’s same-sex couples.
The Marriage and Family Protection Act would make marriages in Minnesota gender neutral. A civil unions bill is also being proposed and another bill would honor marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states where it is legal, such as neighboring Iowa.
Postedon Feb 17, 2010 at 11:57 am
Clergy of various faiths and community members gathered at the state capitol Thursday in an effort to push for marriage equality. OutFront Minnesota organized the event called "I Do Support Love Freedom to Marry Day Rally."
Postedon Jan 26, 2010 at 11:39 am
I Do Support Love - Freedom to Marry Day Rally
Thursday, February 11th, 8:30-9:30am - Capitol Rotunda.
Make your sign and head over to the capitol to show your support for enacting freedom to marry legislation in Minnesota. Clergy and faith leaders will lead us in an inspiring rally for justice. [Link]
Postedon Oct 12, 2009 at 01:06 pm
October 11, 2009
There has been some movement in public opinion regarding the freedom to marry in Minnesota as the issue has percolated on the national scene and across states during the past decade. In January 2004, for example, just 27 percent of Gopher State residents supported the legalization of marriage equality, according to a Pioneer Press / MPR poll, while in January 2008, the numbers had tightened to 41 percent in favor and 53 percent opposed. [Link]
Postedon Oct 08, 2009 at 09:39 pm
October 8, 2009
OutFront Minnesota, the state's leading gay activist organization, hosted dozens of clergy who support marriage equality for gay couples to talk about why. [link]
Postedon Jul 07, 2009 at 01:45 pm
July 6, 2009
After years of study and debate, thousands of leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will gather in Minneapolis this August for a vote on whether to become more welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Lutherans. LGBT Lutherans are anxiously awaiting the outcome, which could pave the way for gay and lesbian pastors, bring same-sex commitment ceremonies to local congregations and impact policy in a state with a large number of Lutheran elected officials. [Link]
Postedon Jun 30, 2009 at 03:25 pm
Alan Franken is an American entertainer-turned-politician. In 2008, Franken ran as the Democratice-Farmer-Labor Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Minnesota. On June 30, 2009, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Franken's victory, and stated that he was entitled to be certified as the election winner. Hours later, former Republican Senator, Norm Coleman, conceded the race.
Franken has worked as a comedian, writer and liberal political commentator. He has also been a longtime champion for gay rights. In fact, in 2005 a blogger, wrote about a speech Franken delivered: “Franken first talked about gay marriage. He portrayed it as a basic issue of civil rights, invoking miscengenation.”
Freedom to Marry salutes Al Franken - a Voice for Equality as far back as 2005 - and now one of 14 marriage equality supporters in the U.S. Senate.
**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!
Postedon May 12, 2009 at 03:30 pm
May 12, 2009
The city of Duluth will begin offering domestic partnership certificates after a 5-to-3 City Council vote Monday night. Councilor Jeff Anderson proposed that the city offer the certificates, saying it would be easier for couples to get benefits from employers that provide them to domestic partners. He noted that the city of Minneapolis has offered a similar program for several years. [link]
Postedon Apr 28, 2009 at 03:31 pm
April 25, 2009
States from Maine to California look to be the next battlegrounds in a legal fight that is leapfrogging the country. In Minnesota, the two sides are stalemated for now, but the debate promises to be part of each legislative session for years to come. [Link]
Postedon Feb 12, 2009 at 01:50 pm
February 11, 2009
Everywhere you go at the state Capitol these days the talk is of the budget, the economic crisis and then the budget again. So when Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, speaks at a "Freedom to Marry Day Rally" Thursday afternoon, he's going to put the subject of same-sex marriage into economic terms. [Link]