“I dreamt… that Minnesota would be the first state in the nation to reject” a constitutional ban on gay marriage, the governor told a cheering crowd on the Capitol steps Thursday afternoon. “I think Minnesota’s better than that… I campaigned on the principle and the conviction that any Minnesotan or any American should be able to marry the person that he or she loves”
In the crowd below, people cheered and waved signs with slogans like, “I’m straight, but not narrow,” and “Closets are for clothes. Fabulous, fabulous clothes.”
Thursday was a day of action for two of the groups at the forefront of the Just Vote No movement – OutFront Minnesot and Minnesotans United for All Families. Participants spent the morning learning community organizing techniques and plan to spend the afternoon lobbying their lawmakers against the amendment that will appear on the November ballot.
It's just one stage of what organizers say will be a coordinated statewide push to defeat the ballot amendment.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."