Tagged: Minnesota

Minnesota Republicans Kill Anti-Bullying Bill

gay_bullyingI’ve written frequently over the past few years about the chilling epidemic of anti-LGBT bullying in the state of Minnesota; the anti-gay animus of the Minnesota GOP; and the spiritual bullying of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, one of the most outspoken homophobes in the American Catholic hierarchy.

But today those three topics have intersected in a way that makes me sick to my stomach: Minnesota Republicans have forced the withdrawal of an anti-bullying bill in the state senate after the Minnesota Catholic Conference claimed that if the measure was signed into law, it would turn schools into ”re-education” camps. Continue reading

Oakland Raiders Sign Chris Kluwe

Photo by David Bowman for Out Magazine. Click for link.
Photo by David Bowman for Out Magazine. Click for link.

Great news: NFL punter and outspoken LGBT ally Chris Kluwe has been signed by the Oakland Raiders, according to a report by his friend and fellow pro-equality football star Brendon Ayanbadejo at Fox Sports:

Kluwe, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings on May 6, will step in for Pro Bowler Shane Lechler, who left Oakland for the Houston Texans via free agency. Kluwe’s contract is for one year, and is for the league minimum…

The 31-year-old Kluwe averaged 45.0 yards on 72 punts last season as a Viking. Kluwe is the all-time Vikings leader in average yards per punt (44.4) and second all-time in total punt yards (27,683) and total punts (623). Kluwe is arguably the greatest punter in franchise history…

Kluwe is known for his mind and mouth, as well as his leg. He is a vocal advocate of equality in sports (and life), and says he will continue to speak for what he believes.

“I’m still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans,” Kluwe said. Continue reading

BREAKING: Minnesota Senate Passes Marriage Equality

minnesota_itstimeJust now, in a vote of 37-30, the Minnesota State Senate passed marriage equality.

Since the Senate adopted the language passed by the Minnesota House last week, the bill goes to pro-equality Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, who will sign it into law tomorrow at 5 p.m. Central Time. It will take effect on August 1.

Minnesota becomes the twelfth U.S. state to allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The full list:

  1. Massachusetts (May 2004)
  2. Connecticut (October 2008)
  3. Iowa (April 3, 2009)
  4. Vermont (April 7, 2009)
  5. New Hampshire (June 3, 2009)
  6. District of Columbia* (December 18, 2009)
  7. New York (June 2011)
  8. Maine (November 6, 2012)
  9. Maryland (November 6, 2012)
  10. Washington (November 6, 2012)
  11. Rhode Island (May 2, 2013)
  12. Delaware (May 7, 2013)
  13. Minnesota (May 13, 2013)

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Today: Minnesota Senate Poised to Pass Marriage Equality

minnesotaAfter an historic vote last week in the Minnesota House, the Minnesota Senate will debate and vote today on SF 925, which would grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry in that state.

Debate is scheduled to begin at noon Central Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time). Click here, here, and here for live streaming video.

The bill is expected to pass in the DFL (Democratic)-controlled Senate — the House was the bigger hurdle by far — and pro-equality Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has pledged to sign the bill into law tomorrow.

Minnesota will be the 12th state to join the marriage equality column, and the first Midwestern state to do so legislatively. (Iowa became a marriage equality state in 2009 thanks to a decision by the state Supreme Court.) Gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed in Minnesota beginning on August 1. Continue reading

BREAKING: Minnesota House Passes Marriage Equality

minnesota_itstimeHappening right now: the Minnesota House of Representatives just voted to pass a marriage equality bill by a vote of 75-59.

The bill moves on Monday to the state’s Democratically-controlled Senate, where leaders are confident they’ve got the votes necessary to pass it.

Pro-equality Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has promised to sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk.

The turnaround on this issue in Minnesota has been nothing short of remarkable: just last November, Minnesotans beat back a proposed constitutional amendment that would have enshrined marriage discrimination into that state’s governing document. Now they’re on the cusp of becoming the 12th marriage equality state. Amazing, isn’t it?

Stay tuned, folks!

WATCH LIVE: Minnesota Marriage Debate, Vote

minnesota_itstimeAs I’ve been mentioning off and on for the past several days, the Minnesota House will debate and vote on HF 1054, a freedom-to-marry bill, today.

The debate is scheduled to begin at noon Central Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time) — now.

Click here, here, here, or here for live streaming video, but be warned: the crazies come out of the woodwork for proceedings like these, so be prepared for homophobic rantings and graphic sexual misrepresentations.

Here’s hoping the House passes this bill. Come on, Minnesota! You can do it!

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Minnesota Governor Doesn’t “Feel Good” About Kluwe Firing

Photo by David Bowman for Out Magazine. Click for link.
Photo by David Bowman for Out Magazine. Click for link.

I’ve gotten a lot of flack (and a few football lectures to boot) about my recent post in which I reported on speculation from several NFL watchers and Minnesota sports insiders that NFL punter Chris Kluwe’s pro-LGBT activism may have played a role in the Minnesota Vikings’ decision to cut him earlier this week.

But another notable voice has joined the chorus: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

The AP reports:

“Yeah, I don’t feel good about it,” said Dayton when asked about the Minnesota Vikings decision to release outspoken punter Chris Kluwe on Monday.

“I’m not in a position to evaluate the relative punting abilities, but it seems to me the general manager said, right after the draft, they were going to have competition,” Dayton recalled. “Well, they bring the one guy in, he kicks for a weekend and that’s competition?” Continue reading