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Kevin Winge

Executive Director, Open Arms of Minnesota

Your Voices
June 21, 2013

An Open Letter to Alan Chambers of Exodus International

The President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, apologizes to the gay community for the attempts to "cure" gays and lesbians of homosexuality and closes the ministry.
Your Voices
June 10, 2013

An Open Letter to Attendees of the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting

Attendees at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting this week should listen to the lyrics of Macklemore + Lewis' hip-hop song, "Same Love," before voting to disassociate themselves from the Boy Scouts of America.
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June 2, 2013

An Open Letter to Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola's new media campaign to beat obesity is like the tobacco industry launching an anti-cancer campaign.
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May 29, 2013

An Open Letter to Rep. Michele Bachmann

While the announcement that Michele Bachmann won't seek re-election to Congress has me relieved and optimistic, I worry about what she might do next.
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May 14, 2013

An Open Letter to Fellow Minnesotans

Proud to be a Minnesotan at this historic time.
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April 30, 2013

Dear Coward:

An open letter to the anonymous reader who sends anti-gay hate mail.
Your Voices
April 24, 2013

An Open Letter to Diane Feinstein and Gabrielle Giffords

Politicians shouldn't have to personally experience gun violence to support reasonable legislation on weapons.
Your Voices
April 14, 2013

An Open Letter to Homophobes (The Few of You Who Remain)

Democrats, Republicans, Minnesotans, Iowans, Uruguayans, the French and even professional sports leagues, are all coming to terms with gay people. Homophobes are going to have to try something new.
Your Voices
April 8, 2013

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton needs to run for president for all kinds of reasons, including that my mother wants her to.
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April 1, 2013

An Open Letter to Edie Windsor

How Edie Windsor's decision to fight the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court might change history, and one little word, "marriage."
Your Voices
March 26, 2013

An Open Letter to Yoko Ono

A lightning rod for criticism, Yoko Ono should be praised for her anti-gun campaign.
Your Voices
March 19, 2013

An Open Letter to Senator Portman

Senator Rob Portman may be the latest politician to jump on the same-sex marriage bandwagon, but his evolution stings.
Your Voices
February 12, 2012

Who Says the Presidency Is Not For Sale?

Can't afford to contribute a few million dollars to one of the presidential candidates' Super PACs? No worries. You can still have dinner with President Obama for just $35,800.
Your Voices
February 9, 2012

S.O.S. for the Republican Party

As the Republican Party becomes increasingly irrelevant and oblivious to the world around them, the country continues to move forward and our future becomes more obvious.
Your Voices
January 28, 2012

Obama the Real Winner in Republican Primaries

It won't be a cakewalk to reelection for President Obama, whoever the Republicans finally select to be their standard bearer, but right now all the President needs to do is sit back and watch his opponents devour each other.
Your Voices
January 8, 2012

Enough with Religion in Political Campaigns

We will be electing political leaders in 2012, not religious leaders. Let's keep that distinction in mind as the campaigns unfold between now and November.
Your Voices
January 1, 2012

Help Narrow the Field, Iowa

If Republicans in Iowa do their job on Tuesday, some candidates will be out of the race. My New Year's wish is that the list includes Bachmann, Perry and Gingrich.
Your Voices
December 18, 2011

"Inappropriate Relationships" and Gay Marriage

It takes a lot of nerve for State Senator Amy Koch to support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage while engaging in an "inappropriate relationship" with a staff member.
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November 19, 2011

What if Christ Lived on Food Stamps?

Taking the SNAP Challenge – living on food stamps for a week – brings out the best, and worst, in people.
Your Voices
November 1, 2011

A Threat to Marriage

Call a special session of the Minnesota legislature. Mobilize faith communities around the state. Spend millions of dollars on an amendment to our constitution. There is a very real threat to the institution of marriage.
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October 30, 2011

Legacy Funds Should Not Be Used to Build a Vikings Stadium

Governor Dayton should take the possible use of Legacy funds to support the construction of a Vikings stadium off the table. And Minnesota voters should be much more careful about supporting amendments to our constitution in the future.
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October 22, 2011

Dear Archbishop Nienstedt:

An open letter to Archbishop John Nienstedt asking him to help us all become a more tolerant and loving community.
Your Voices
October 15, 2011

Food Day is October 24

Living in an agricultural state, and with one in four Minnesotans obese, we all should be aware of, and participate in, Food Day on October 24.
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September 18, 2011

Another Letter to Michele Bachmann

Flubs, misstatements and exaggerations are part of Michele Bachmann's charm that Minnesotans know all too well.
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September 12, 2011

Remembering Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt

With the death of Minnesotan Andrew Wilfahrt in Afghanistan earlier this year, his parents, Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt, have become spokespeople for the rights of lesbian and gay Americans.