Scenes from a rally: MN House debates Marriage Equality

The Minnesota House of Representatives is debating same-sex marriage as we speak. I wrote about this yesterday, and made it clear I support marriage equality. I hope MN does the right thing, and we join those 11 states that have paved the way towards a more equal union.

Today, though, I visited the rally that is taking place in the Minnesota capitol. Here’s a few pictures.

582348_10152452013225604_672804008_nLeif Erickson oversees all our proceedings.

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And State Troopers.

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From the third floor of the rotunda, looking down on the intermingling of supporters and opponents.

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In MN, we don’t separate Yes and Nos. They stand side by side, hold their signs, and shout their piece.

IMAG0562Opponents, with incredible arm strength, pointing to a quote on the capitol wall: “Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. –O’Connell”

IMAG0561Supporters.

IMAG0560Opponents.

IMAG0567And my own sign.

It’s a tearful scene of the values of American Democracy taking place in our statehouse. On my way out of the building, I shared an elevator ride from the third floor rotunda down to the ground with a couple, visiting the capitol. They were opponents of the bill, wearing “One Man One Woman” shirts. I had my “Freedom to Marry” sign. We chatted about what a great thing it is to see so many come out to play their civic part. As I turned to leave and they turned to the cafeteria she said: “Okay well, have a nice day.”

They were lovely. But wrong on this one.

Marriage for all.

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