New years update

I wanted to provide a quick update to my followers and those that may stumble upon this blog.

In NOvember, we defeated the mean-spirited marriage amendment in Minnesota. However, please don’t think that my lack of updates means that our work is done. We still have a journey ahead of us in 2013, and for years to come, to help create a culture of equality for committed same-sex couples.

With that said, I’ve taken a pause from my work here as my father is very sick and my family has been helping to care for him here in Minnesota over the past couple of months. He is currently in a home hospice program and we continue to celebrate each day we have with Dad.

Please know that I appreciate all of the support each of you has provided over the past year. You helped make a big difference, not only in Minnesota, but around the nation in helping Minnesota become the first state to defeat one of these freedom-limiting amendments.

Please don’t let your voice be silenced now.

Thank you for everything you’ve done and will continue to do,
-Mark 

For years, foes of same-sex marriage had a potent talking point: They’d won every time the issue went to a popular vote. That winning streak has now been shattered in a multi-state electoral sweep by gay marriage supporters - a historic tipping point likely to influence other states and possibly even the Supreme Court.

Source: kstp.com

A great article on the marriage amendment vote and overall fight for marriage equality across the nation.

The article also quotes a defeated Brian Brown, President for the National Organization for Marriage:

Our opponents and some in the media will attempt to portray the election results as a changing point in how Americans view gay marriage, but that is not the case.

Clearly, Brown, and others like him, are not going down without a fight. While we may have won the battle on Tuesday, it’s clear that the war rages on.

KMSP-TV

…there’s a rally underway to celebrate what amounts to a victory for supporters of gay rights

That’s how Randy Meier introduces this 3-minute news story on the United for Our Future Rally that I had the opportunity to attend last night. It was fun to watch this video, as it brought me right back to the energy and emotion of Wednesday night.

Oh, and you get a quick glimpse of the back of my head… *grin* ;)

In addition to Minnesota, you’ve heard me talk about Maine, Maryland and Washington throughout the past year. Well, I’m happy to officially report that Washington State has finally been called: Washingtonians have stood for equality and voted in favor of same-sex marriage!
That means that each of the four states that voted on marriage equality on Tuesday took a stand on the right side of history!
Here’s a great graphic from TheFour.com that currently graces my Facebook Profile!
Congratulations to all of my friends in Maine, Maryland, Washington and of course, Minnesota.

In addition to Minnesota, you’ve heard me talk about MaineMaryland and Washington throughout the past year. Well, I’m happy to officially report that Washington State has finally been called: Washingtonians have stood for equality and voted in favor of same-sex marriage!

That means that each of the four states that voted on marriage equality on Tuesday took a stand on the right side of history!

Here’s a great graphic from TheFour.com that currently graces my Facebook Profile!

Congratulations to all of my friends in Maine, Maryland, Washington and of course, Minnesota.

Goodnight, Minnesota

After two and a half days with little to no sleep, it’s time to crawl into bed and truly rest. In attending the United for Our Future Rally tonight at the State Capitol, I know that I am not the only one going on little sleep.

Thank you to every single person out there that fought tirelessly the past couple of days - and all year, for that matter - to help us achieve what no state has done before us: a defeat on an anti-marriage amendment.

Before I fall into slumber, I wanted to share with you the statement released from Richard Carlbom, Campaign Manager of Minnesotans United, on the win:

Today, the people of Minnesota spoke loudly and clearly and became the first state in the country to defeat this kind of hurtful, freedom-limiting amendment. They said no to limiting the freedom of committed and loving couples in Minnesota, they said no to singling out and excluding one group of people from a basic freedom just because of who they are, and they said no to telling some people it’s illegal to marry the person they love.

The strength of this campaign was our thousands of volunteers, and our broad and diverse coalition of partners. This campaign did something that has never been done before: it brought together people of all faiths, in all communities, and of all political affiliations on the principle that freedom means freedom for everybody. The strength of those who have come together and worked to defeat this amendment was rewarded today, and without their work, this would not have been possible.

This campaign has changed the course of politics in our state forever. Over the course of the last year and a half, we’ve sparked an honest, statewide conversation about why marriage matters and who should have the freedom to participate in it. Today, Minnesotans voted in favor of love, freedom, and fairness – because that’s what this state is about.

For many, faith in what is good has been restored.

Goodnight, Minnesota.
-Mark

One of my friends posted this online earlier today and I was so inspired that I printed my own “thank you!” message and taped it onto my sign.

A simple gesture to those who stood on the side of equality, yesterday.

So if you’re wondering what to do with your Vote No yard sign now that the election is over, here’s an idea that will at least last through the weekend!

Lots of graphics making an appearance on Facebook today! While this one looks like any other orange and blue image, when you look closer, you see the true power of this graphic. The orange background is made up of real Minnesotans that have fought so hard to defeat this mean-spirited amendment.

We worked side-by-side. We told our stories. We voted.

And together, we helped Minnesota Vote NO.

Minnesota,I’m going to keep this brief for this evening: Congratulations. You stood on the side of equality and said NO to the mean-spirited marriage amendment. Today, you made history. Not only here in the land of 10,000 lakes, but around the world. We are the first state in the nation to defeat one of these mean-spirited measures.
I said early on when I started this blog, “The tide isn’t changing, it’s already changed.” Tonight confirms that belief for me. We celebrate with Maryland and Maine that also voted in favor of equality today and we wait, with excitement, for Washington state to be called on Wednesday.
For all of your support and everything you’ve done to help defeat this amendment, from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you.
To a new day,Mark 

Minnesota,
I’m going to keep this brief for this evening: Congratulations. You stood on the side of equality and said NO to the mean-spirited marriage amendment. Today, you made history. Not only here in the land of 10,000 lakes, but around the world. We are the first state in the nation to defeat one of these mean-spirited measures.

I said early on when I started this blog, “The tide isn’t changing, it’s already changed.” Tonight confirms that belief for me. We celebrate with Maryland and Maine that also voted in favor of equality today and we wait, with excitement, for Washington state to be called on Wednesday.

For all of your support and everything you’ve done to help defeat this amendment, from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you.

To a new day,
Mark 

Blue and orange mylar balloons, $7.
Matching blue and orange plates, napkins utensils, and streamers, $18.
Blue and orange hand soaps, $6.
Standing up for equality and making history, priceless.

Source: Me.

I can’t image not being with friends tonight as we watch the results come in. If you are still looking for a gathering place, Minnesotans United for All Families has put together a big viewing party. You can learn all about it on their Facebook page.

In just over 3 hours, Minnesota polls will close and we will know what side of history Minnesota will fall on…