Friday, May 10, 2013

Minnesota House approves gay marriage; likely to pass Senate Monday; recalling my own time in Minnesota 1997-2003


The Minnesota House of Representatives in St. Paul has approved gay marriage by a vote of 75-59.
  
The bill is likely to pass the Minnesota Senate Monday and be signed into law by Democratic (DFL?) governor Mark Dayton.
   
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a detailed story here
  
It was not immediately apparent when marriages could occur.
  
Last November, Minnesota voters turned down a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
  
This year’s gay pride celebration in Loring Park would certainly be one of the largest ever. In terms of surface area covered, the Twin Cities Pride celebration is one of the largest in the country, as just about every major corporation or non-profit has a booth.  It usually occurs the last weekend of June, with website here.  In 2002, the Saturday booths endured temperatures of 102F. 
   
I lived in Minneapolis from 1997-2003 and became quite familiar with the community, and with Pride Alive of the Minnesota AIDS Project.
  
I’m also somewhat familiar with the State Capitol complex in St. Paul.  The Libertarian Party sponsored numerous anti-tax rallies on the steps there.  And in 1998, when I was injured in a freak accident in a convenience store in downtown Minneapolis, my own attorney happened to be a state representative, so I visited the Capitol at least once.
  
I also remember the night that Gov. Jesse Ventura was elected as an independent in 1998.  I also met Ventura in person at the HRC dinner in the Minneapolis convention center just two weeks after 9/11 in 2001.  I remember all those days well.   

Update: May 13

The Minnesota Senate passed the bill approving gay marriage today. 

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