This is a food blog, but I'm about to write about politics and human rights . . . .
Last year, there was a proposal to amend the Minnesota state constitution to define "marriage" as between a man and a woman. It was heartily defeated by public vote in November of 2012. Minnesotans agreed to keep the conversation about same-gender marriage going.
Momentum continued. Last Thursday, the Minnesota State Legislature passed the "Freedom to Marry" bill, which would grant Minnesotans the right to same-gender marriages if they so choose.
Today, the Minnesota State Senate passed the same bill. Tomorrow, Governor Dayton will sign the bill into law, making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize same-gender marriage. Equal rights in marriage will go into effect August 1, 2013.
John and I did some volunteering for the campaign, including phone banking and in-person volunteer recruitment. We contacted our senators and representatives, and encouraged our friends and family to do the same. We had difficult conversations with people. We had rewarding conversations with people. This is an issue that was particularly near and dear to our hearts, as the bill was proposed to the House and Senate just a few days after we were married. We knew how deeply our wedding affected our relationship, and couldn't imagine being denied that privilege.
Grassroots campaigning is powerful.
Thank you, to all of the Senators and Representatives that voted "yes" this week. Today, love wins.
I have never been more proud to be a Minnesotan.