Twelve Down, 38 to Go

Just about twenty-four hours ago (as I type this), the Minnesota Senate passed a bill that would allow same sex couples to marry. We’re the 12th state in the nation to get our heads out of our collective asses and realize that all humans deserve the same rights regardless of their sexual orientation.

In about forty-five minutes (as I type this), Governor Mark Dayton will sign that bill into law and then St. Paul will burst out in rainbows & hugs & joy, because equality makes people happy. Want proof? Look at this wonderful photo series taken yesterday at the capital. The frowniest people are the ones who wanted to deny equality. . . and those pics were taken before the vote.

I watched the bill debated on the floor of the senate with a mix of outrage and flabbergast. At one point a Senator who sounds like Kevin from “The Office” said, “If marriage is about marrying who you love, where does that stop?” There were the kinds of arguments those who are opposed to marriage equality were giving. There was also a lot of worry about being able to discriminate against whomever you choose as long as you could fall back on your “deeply-held” religious beliefs as a reason for being a jackass. And Sen. Limmer (or maybe it was Gazelka, I can’t keep my assholes straight) was worried that by passing this bill we weren’t considering the rights of the few people who would maybe, possibly have to work with gay people even if their religion told them not to. Sadly, no heads exploded at the irony.

If you’ve ever argued with me about being from the flyovers (*cough*Hotrod*cough*) you know that I have more state pride than seems logical in a misanthrope. Most of my state prides starts with Bob Dylan and ends with Paul Westerberg and occasionally The Current, Prince, and/or Paul Wellstone get a nod. Oh, and so do corndogs at the Minnesota State Fair. And Post-its. Also, The Loft. And the 1983-84 Minnesota North Stars.

You get the idea.

I’ve never been more proud of Minnesota as I was when that vote came back yesterday, which is quite a turn of events considering how damn angry I was when they put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. And now, I’d kind of like to shake those bigot’s hand, because if their intolerance, if their narrow-mindedness hadn’t gotten that amendment on the ballot and had Minnesotans not voted no, I’m not sure we’d be here as #12. But we are here and I can’t wait for the rest of you thirty-eighters to join us.

P.S. I still give zero fucks about marriage in general and the sooner we let everyone who wants to get married marry the better, because then I don’t have to think about marriage ever again. Well, that is until I have to explain to John Cusack or Prince Harry why I must refuse his proposal because I don’t believe in marriage but we could totally shack up forever & I’d be cool with that.

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5 Comments

  1. matthew baiocchi 15.May.13 at 12:47 pm

    ” And Sen. Limmer (or maybe it was Gazelka, I cant keep my assholes straight) was worried that by passing this bill we werent considering the rights of the few people who would maybe, possibly have to work with gay people even if their religion told them not to. Sadly, no heads exploded at the irony. ” – right? sometimes there is no justice in this world. sometimes it is just so impossible to believe that people don’t actually physically explode from their own absurdity.

    “constitutional amendment on the ballot to define marriage as being between one man and one woman” – unfortunately my state did just this. when i contacted my representative (who voted for the measure) he stated that he was just representing the majority viewpoint of his constituency…and here i thought it was his job to protect the rights of his constituency. ridiculous little fucker.

    not that i’m, you know, incensed or anything over any of this…

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    1. Jodi 15.May.13 at 12:59 pm

      I’m right there with you, pal. Even though MN now has marriage equality my Representative Mike Beard and my Senator Eric Pratt voted against it. So yeah, my governmental representatives are all for discrimination and bigotry. GRRRrrrr. . .

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  2. Hotrod 15.May.13 at 3:43 pm

    You can call me out all you want today. It’s really tough for me to be cynical or sarcastic about this. I felt the same way when Maryland passed marriage equality last November. I’m proud of your flyover state today.

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    1. Jodi 15.May.13 at 3:57 pm

      I’m still amazed how quickly everything turned in a year, or I think Gov. Dayton might have said it was 17 months from the amendment to the law. I hope that means the tide will keep turning everywhere.

      Also, I will manipulate the “I’m proud of your flyover state” portion of your quote until the end of the time.

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  3. Suzy 15.May.13 at 8:30 pm

    Unfortunately my state, Texas, will probably be the last one to vote for this because we are governed by asshats -from the governor (past and present idiots) to our senators. But yay for the 12 states who are on the right side of history!

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