Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The new law's supporters and opponents traded claims and denials of bigotry.
When—if ever—is it fair to call another person a bigot? Leave your comment below. A flashpoint in the debate over Minnesota's new marriage-equality law was the use of the words "bigot," "bigoted," or "bigotry" in reference to opponents of making same-sex marriages legal. After the state Legislature approved the bill, the group Minnesota for Marriage said in a statement: Over one million Minnesotans will be forced to either affirm what they believe to be false or subject themselves to prosecution and insult as “bigots” ... under our law with the passage of this bill. 'You're a Bigot' On Monday at the state Senate, Sen. David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) took exception to accusations that opponents of the same-sex marriage bill are bigots. Sen. Dan…
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Minnesota Senate passed the gay-marriage bill on Monday, May 13, 2013. The Minnesota House approved it last week, so Senate approval sends it to the governor's desk.
The Minnesota Senate debated and voted to pass a bill making gay marriage legal in Minnesota on May 13, 2013. Watch full video of the debate and vote here or at The UpTake.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The bill passed the Minnesota House of Representatives with help from state Reps. Connie Bernardy of Fridley and Carolyn Laine of Columbia Heights.
Read tweets by and about Fridley-area state representatives Connie Bernardy and Carolyn Laine on the day of the historic vote to approve a same-sex marriage bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives. See the Storify in the window above or at Storify.com.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
It's 'marriage equality' vs. 'traditional marriage' as the U.S. Supreme Court considers challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop. 8 banning same-sex marriage.
Should the U.S. Supreme Court uphold or overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage? Take the poll above and leave your comment below! By Wednesday it was same-old, same-old as Supreme Court justices heard a second day of arguments about laws concerning same-sex marriage. Under DOMA, the federal government does not recognize marriages between people of the same gender. Prop. 8 made marriages between people of the same gender illegal again in California. How would you rule if you sat on the nation's high court? Take the poll above and leave your comment below. For more on Tuesday's Prop. 8 arguments, you can play the full audio above (or listen and see the unofficial transcript via …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Fifth District representative also lauded official recognition of the new government in Somalia.
Immigration reform should guarantee same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison said last week. Ellison's statement came in response to President Obama's reform proposal, which does include equal rights for both kinds of families. But extending protections to gay couples is proving politically dicey, according to the Washington Post, and isn't part of a bipartisan Senate plan. Here is Ellison's Jan. 29, 2013 statement in full: “America was founded on the idea of liberty and justice for all. Just like today’s immigrants, our founders came to America to escape oppression and ensure opportunity for their children. It’s long past due our laws live up to our values. The President today laid out a vision for…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The leader of Fridley-based Cummins Power Generation comes out against a same-sex marriage ban in the Minnesota Constitution.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Festival at Loring Park follows parade, consistent message of "Vote No" on the marriage amendment voiced at the parade
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The governor issued a veto but question will still be on ballot.
President Obama and Governor Dayton gave proposed Minnesota Constitutional amendments banning gay marriage and requiring voters' photo IDs a thumb's down and veto stamp Monday, respectively. But what does Fridley think about changing the state Constitution, now that both questions are on the November general election ballot? Share your opinion in comments below and add your voice to the poll above. Here is what Dayton said and did on the photo ID measure, and how others responded. (See this post for more on Obama and the marriage amendment.) Dayton Vetoes Photo ID On Monday, Gov. Dayton vetoed the bill to put to voters the question of whether to amend the Minnesota Constitution so they have to show photo ID at polling places. But Dayton …
Obama 'does not support' amending the state Constitution on marriage.
President Obama re-election campaign and Governor Dayton gave proposed Minnesota Constitutional amendments banning gay marriage and requiring voters' photo IDs a thumb's down and veto stamp Monday, respectively. But what does Fridley think about changing the state Constitution, now that both questions are on the November general election ballot? Share your opinion in comments below and add your voice to the poll above. Here is what Kristen Sosanie, spokeswoman for the Obama for America-Minnesota campaign said about the marriage measure, according to MPR, and how Republicans in Minnesota responded. (See this post for more on Dayton and the photo ID amendment.) "While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Judge signed the settlement agreement Tuesday in school district case.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
U.S. District Court Judge Joan Ericksen has signed the Consent Decree in the settlement of the lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District. Read it here.