Meet the Man Who Brought Marriage Equality to Minnesota
"In the past we spent a lot of time talking about rights and benefits and discrimination, and protecting the constitution," explains Carlbom. "And in Minnesota, what we discovered is that Minnesota’s definition of marriage is love and commitment, which when people follow love, the next natural step is to make a commitment toward one another to get married. And in Minnesota, we discovered that when we had an honest conversation, and when we had a natural conversation with each other, very quickly, both came to realize that same-sex couples want to get married for very similar reasons as straight couples. That’s because it’s all about love."
But that wasn't the end of the conversation, Carlbom explains. Using research culled from national and local partners, the MN United coalition had a very specific plan: Once they had established a common definition about the meaning of marriage, Carlbom and his allies relied on an age-old adage to illustrate why voters should oppose the amendment: the golden rule.
"When you say, ‘if marriage is about love and commitment, and that human beings believe in treating others the way you want to be treated, would you ever want to be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love?’" asks Carlbom rhetorically. "And very quickly, people come to the realization, they go on a journey — that, no, they wouldn’t want to be treated differently than they treat other people."
How about having an old-style town hall debate between Bernie Herpin and John Morse,
this way the constituents of Senate District 11 can ask questions that they want answered. I would think we could come up with someone to be the moderator and a place to hold it. Maybe the league of women voters or some other neutral party.
It was so nice this year that they were all way over in the America Beautiful Park in their cute little outfits and not right up our noses downtown.
Out of sight and out of mind made for a nice weekend for the rest of us too. Glad their event was as successful for them as a quiet downtown was for us.
We all won this way...like keeping your sexual issues to yourself always did before.
"As with tobacco in the mid-20th century, it may take a while for one side to "win" in the arena of public opinion."
But by then, the deed will have been done and we might find that they've permanently contaminated ground water over huge areas. When there's this much money involved, I trust no one, especially not the oil and natural gas industry.
I could see myself as the Queen of England too, but that wouldn't make me that!
K: You know I would never be judgmental, but just look at the guy. You can tell he is a loser before he ever opens his mouth. And, once he begins to speak, he leaves absolutely zero doubt.
siggie, for once you an I are in complete, unreserved agreement.
What I find most amusing is the nimrod's desperate need to convince us that he actually has a life. His life is so full! But he still manages to find the time in his busy schedule to spend 24x7 doing nothing but monitoring this blog for every mention of his name.
This guy is an obvious nimrod.
I am truly interested in how this will evolve, I am hoping bridges and gravel containment can be done with the whole community.
Please...just let the employees of MHS have some long awaited relief and get on with what could potentially be the best thing that has happened to CO Springs in a long while. This debate has taken a course of 4 years and the employees are EXHAUSTED with the roller coaster. The city should not be involved in the health-care business, and its time to let MHS join with the world-renowned LOCAL hospitals that WANT to build something fantastic for CO Springs. How can you lose? Its a huge compliment to the hard work and quality of care the employees provide, as the CEO and CNO of UCH & Poudre Valley have been visiting our hospital and have found a number of quality programs they want to implement in their OWN hospital. We have great quality happening at MHS!! Bringing a teaching hospital here to the Springs also brings dollars to boost the local economy. Its an exciting opportunity to be a part of. Yes, losing PERA is a huge drawback for some. This has been very difficult for those individuals, made worse by the indecision we are faced with waiting for your vote. We need to be able to move in a forward direction so those individuals can do what they need to do instead of sitting in limbo as well.
We aren't about big money and corporations, we are about keeping operations local and increasing our capacity to bring even greater quality healthcare to the Springs.
Please just vote "yes". Let us go....
Colorado springs has given an outpouring of thanks to the firefighters and other responders. "Every push meets a pull". Commemorative T-shirts? News channels pushing solidarity with a facebook picture change to the CO state logo? Not much sign of evacuees at shelters or in the red cross chow line. Yes, I am thrilled to know the support waiting had it been me. Seems to me the pet shelters filled up while most of the "well to do people" didn't use shelters, were not in need of Care and Share, Red Cross or united way donations. I am not worried that Care Share will use food donations to help many not impacted by the fire. What happens to Red Cross, United way and concert donations made to help the well insured fire victims?
While you boys drink margaritas, invite in Sheriff Michael A. Ensminger. That boy can really drink you under the table, counting on his notoriety to keep him out of his own jail. Mebbe not.
It seems that our esteemed POST certifying committee, Paul Schultz under the auspices and knowledge of none other than Attorney General Suthers, has been regularly letting officers and sheriffs buy their Q&A. And they knew about it and they did nothing.
So for all you who think that Dan May (Ensminger's chief co-hort in crime) and his running buddy Suthers are above the law--well it turns out that they are.
Now tell me why it is that the local yokel TV stations are SCARED of running the real news. It takes the Denver boys to blow this out of the water. And that includes the indy, folks. Wise up and look in the local sewer where rats hide and smoke em out.
Corporations are not people. They should be unable to contribute--period--to political anything. This is why 1/4 of america is now a third world country. When the American dream was born it was for the individual not large corprate enties whose sole perpose is to make a profit. Small business has died in this country, we barly manufacture anything--all because of corporations. It's time to take back our country not give it away.
Is the overworked use of the word "that" also an example of your superior writing skills? Three times in one sentence. Wow!
George Bernard Shaw once pointed out that the problem for the liar is not that no one will believe him, but that he cannot believe anyone else. If I had contacted the editor and had convinced him to pull your comment, I would be the first to boast about it right here in this blog because, as you very well know, I am just that smug.
Mr. smartestman, you wrote, (emphasis added), "Mr. C's *believe* in his superior writing skills *are* only in his head."
I *believe* the word you are groping for is "belief!" Furthermore, as my *belief* is singular, you should have written "is" instead of "are!"
Mr. smartestman you are laboring under a misapprehension. I never contacted any editor of this blog. Some anonymous editor is assigned to read these comments as they come in, and he or she will delete any comment that he or she deems to have crossed the line. It happened to me once, but in another discussion in which you did not participate. I did see a pointer to that post on the "Comment and Review Archives" webpage, but when I clicked and checked the post was already gone. All I got to see was the opening line, something about Deadwood and the shooting of Bill Hickok.
This explains all the "running to mommy" comments. You have a tendency to jump to conclusions, which, at least in my case, are invariably wrong. You also have a tremendous ego, which you exhibit on this blog every chance you get, to believe that anything you write would send me running to anybody, except maybe to show them your latest absurdity and share a good laugh.
C: I still have no clue to whom you think you are talking. Here's the difference between me and you. Football analogy: C delivers a cheap shot to the nads (racist). SM retaliates with a swift kick in the arse (weasel). C cries to the coach (editor) that the game is too rough and unfair. SM likes the competition and, although would prefer it clean, likes it a bit rougher.
Mr. C has a dependent personality. He believes a bigger government will take care of his needs, caring not at all for the cost. Mr C has lost the ability to be self-reliant. He will vote for Obama.
SM believes in a much smaller government, independence, freedom, personal and fiscal responsibility. He will vote for anyone but Obama.
SM is, without question, the better fisherman. Mr. C's believe in his superior writing skills are only in his head.
I have no idea how big Mr. smartestman is, but that hardly matters on a blog. On a blog a big vocabulary is more of an asset than a big fist.
Mr. smartestman claims to be "better" than me. Since he does not mention a specific skill, like fishing or writing, I assume he is speaking of morals and I would not be surprised if he is a more moral person according to his own code of ethics. For example, I never attend church. I am also sure he is a better fisherman, but I am the better writer.
Finally, I never mouth off to anyone smarter than me. I listen and try to understand and learn something.
Mr. C: Didn't your mommy tell you that if you mouth off to those bigger, smarter and better than you, you are simply begging for trouble?
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