Thursday, December 20, 2012
One of Shir Tikvah's spiritual leaders reflects on November's same-sex marriage victory.
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- James Sanna
Thursday, December 20, 2012
On Nov. 6, hundreds of people crowded into a ballroom at the St. Paul River Centre, waiting intently for the outcome of the election. More important to them than any presidential race, though, was Minnesota's vote on a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. Projectors turned one wall into a pair of giant televisions streaming television news channels, to which 90 percent of eyes in room were glued. Emotions ran high among the assembled activists. Each twitch in the election returns splashed on the screens caused great waves of cheers or ripples of gasps in the crowd. For Lynnhurst synagogue Shir Tikvah's Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, the entire evening was a deeply personal affair, despite the leading role he and …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
While proponents were saying the race was still too early to call, the Associated Press called the race shortly before 2 a.m. The vote means the state constitution will not define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The Minnesota Marriage Amendment has been rejected. The campaign to amend the Minnesota state constitution to limit the definition of marriage to strictly between heterosexual couples was defeated Tuesday by more than 51 percent of a statewide vote. With 92 percent of state precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday that Amendment 1—informally known as the Minnesota Marriage Amendment—had failed: "Vote No" won. Speaking to a cheering crowd of hundreds at St Paul's River Centre, Richard Carlbom, the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, told audiences that Minnesota was the first state in the nation to reject a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage at the ballot …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Video from various spots around the metro, including Republican Party headquarters in Bloomington and the DFL Party's gathering in Minneapolis.
Red. Blue. Downtown or Southtown, we will have it covered tonight as election results come in around the Twin Cities. Twin Cities Patch sites are teaming up with our friends at TheUptake to bring video coverage from various sites tonight as we wrap up this historic election. The embedded player allows you to change feeds, or "channels," to check out the coverage and interviews you want to see. Thanks for "tuning in," and enjoy a whole new way to take in the Election Night.
Minnesota voters young and old used Twitter to talk about their Minnesota Election decisions, particularly on the proposed Marriage Amendment.
We followed a few common topics around the Twin Cities, including both sides of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment vote, and found what people were talking about on social media this Election Day. A reminder, though, that Tweeting a photo of your ballot, filled out, is stongly discouraged by the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office. Take a look.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Despite support from the Minnesota GOP, Patch's panel thinks the amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman will fall short.
Twin Cities Republicans aren't confident the so-called Marriage Amendment will make its way into the constitution after Tuesday's general election. In a flash poll issued Friday to Patch's panel of Republican politicians and activists, the majority believed the amendment, which requires a "yes" vote to be added to the constitution by voters, would fall short. About 57 percent of the 33 survey responders said the amendment would fall short. Our Republican panel also felt Barack Obama, running to remain president, had conducted a better campaign in Minnesota, a state he's favored to win in Tuesday night's election. "It's going to be exceedingly close, on the Presidential race and on both amendment questions," one pundit said. The …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A list of those that have come out in favor of a proposal for the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution, reflecting existing state statute. The following companies have come out in favor of the amendment. (Click here for a list of companies that oppose the amendment.) Do you know of a company or business leader who’s taken a stand on the issue—either for or against? Let us know in the comments below. How do you feel about the companies' stands? Take our poll: Should Companies Take Positions on Social Issues? *** Companies That Support the Marriage Amendment
Proceeds from Thursday's auction at a Southwest Minneapolis gallery will go to oppose marriage amendment.
Art and activism will be united as one on Thursday evening at FrameUps’ Capstone Gallery. The frame shop and gallery will host “The Art of Marriage,” a silent auction to benefit Minnesotans United for All Families. See pieces being auctioned in our gallery at right. Minnesotans United is a coalition of organizations and community leaders dedicated to defeating the proposed constitutional marriage amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution, reflecting existing state law. “What the amendment, to me, is doing, is curtailing the conversation,” said Faye Passow, a framer at FrameUps and the event’s organizer. “As a society, we want to promote differences of opinion and a person’s ability to …
Monday, July 16, 2012
A list of those that have come out against a proposal for the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman—which would limit marriage to opposite sex couples. The following companies and business leaders have come out against the amendment. (Click here for a list of companies that support the amendment.) Do you know of a company or business leader who’s taken a stand on the issue—either for or against? Let us know in the comments below. How do you feel about the companies' stands? Take our poll: Should Companies Take Positions on Social Issues? *** Companies That Oppose the Marriage Amendment Business Leaders Who Oppose the Marriage Amendment
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Speech at Edina church argued why Catholics should vote 'no.'
There's no way of knowing how many of the 29,000 people who had watched a YouTube video of Father Bob Pierson's speech were locals, but one thing's for sure: his denunciation of the marriage amendment has struck a chord beyond the Catholics from Southwest Minneapolis who were there to listen. Pierson was speaking to a crowd of area Catholics last month at a church in Edina as part of a gathering opposed to an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. The state already has a law on the books banning civil recognition of same-sex marriages. The amendment is backed by Minnesota's Catholic bishops, led by Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul. The video was originaly posted by Minnesotans United for All Families, a group fighting to defeat …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dale Carpenter is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Minnesota.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Editor's Note: Prof. Dale Carpenter sent in this note in response to a poll and discussion on Patch about Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's choice of a title for a constitution amendment on the 2012 ballot that would ban same-sex marriage. One thing the news outlets have been missing is that it's actually the legal responsibility of the secretary of state, not the legislature, to determine the ballot title. That has been the case since 1919, when the Secretary of State was given authority to choose an "appropriate title" for amendments passed by the legislature. The idea is that the governmental body that wants the amendment should not be allowed single-handedly to stack the deck in its favor by choosing the title as well. It's a…