Three things

1. Minnesota's legislative House voted "Yes" for marriage equality today. For a state that just 6 months ago voted on adding a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, this is pretty incredible.

2. The livestream of the House's debate made me so proud to be a citizen of this state. Despite deep held differential beliefs, the debate was respectful, thoughtful, and considerate. Here are some of my favorite quotes from it:

  • "Courage is the act of stepping out and doing what needs to be done when the response is unknown."
  • "I don't want to be with someone I can live with. I want to be with someone I can't live without."
  • "It can be difficult to be compassionate when it's to someone you don't know. In that vein, there's a story in my own religious tradition about a Rabbi meeting with students at his school. The Rabbi asked his students,

    "What is the precise moment when night ends and a new day begins?"

    One student said,
    "The precise moment when night ends and a new day begins is when it is light enough to tell the difference between a cedar tree and an olive tree"

    The Rabbi replied, "That is not it."

    Another student said,
    "The precise moment when night ends and a new day begins is when it is light enough to tell the difference between a sheep and a goat"

    "That's not it either," said the Rabbi. He continued,

    "The precise moment when night ends and a new day begins is the moment when you look into the face of a stranger and see the face of your brother. Until that moment, whatever time it is, it is still night. When that happens, a new day begins." "


3. High fives to the folks who put a lighthearted spin on an often heated aspect of the debate:


Proud of you, MN

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