Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
Sarah Anderson, the representative from my district, is my first fight. Sarah Anderson sent us a note right after Jude was born letting us know that she was so excited to hear about the birth of our son and to "let her know if there was anything we needed." So, Liz took Sarah Anderson up on her offer and asked that she vote no on the amendment. So there we were, watching the lights by the representatives' names light up green or red. Looked like green was winning. Sarah still hadn't voted. And then she did. Her light turned green and I took it personally.
Here's the letter I sent to Sarah Anderson. If you are also disappointed in her vote, send her an email here.
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Friday, May 20, 2011
Actually, poor guy threw up a couple of times this afternoon and I really didn't want to go through another change of clothes.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
We didn't bring Jude and I know that you all are here to see him but well, this is related.(and we ran 2.8 miles this evening to go get our farmshare so I didn't get a pic of Jude).
The Capitol was totally packed with supporters of marriage equality (and a few "protectors" of marriage - that's them with the "marriage amendment yes" sign). It was amazing to see soooo many different kinds of people who "get" that this is about ensuring civil rights for everyone. Literally- there were Quakers, Catholics, Jews, even a Mennonite woman - all there for equality.
In the end, the vote didn't happen today, but it has to happen before midnight on Monday. We'll keep you posted and I PROMISE to return to the regularly scheduled Jude programing tomorrow!
Oh, and here's a link to a video taken today. There are some familiar faces around 1:45
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Please contact your legistlator and encourage them to defeat this. If you don't live in Minnesota, consider sending an email to the entire House Committee. Their email addresses can be found here.
I wanted to share letters that friends and family have shared with me as they have sent it to their senators. Let's defeat this. For Jude and all the other LGBT families in Minnesota.
Letter from my mom:
My husband and I are not residents of Minnesota, but we have three very good reasons why we are urging you to vote no on your state's proposed marriage amendment: my daughter, her partner, and their 14 month-old son. As you know, we are fighting this same battle here in California and we are hoping fervently that Prop 8 will be overturned.
When we learned that our daughter is gay when she was 17, we were shocked, sad, and most of all scared - scared that she would be discriminated against. Fourteen years later, after a great deal of learning and emotional adjustment, we see our daughter's family just as we will see our son's family should he have one some day. I dare any of you to spend a day with them and then say they don't have the same right to legalize their relationship that your heterosexual children have. They are both college graduates, have good jobs, own their own home, and are doing a fantastic job of raising their son. If only all children had the benefit of being raised in such a loving family, the world would be a much better place.
Please, take some time to learn about this issue rather than voting blindly along political lines. Don't prohibit my daughter from having the same civil right as yours.
Letter from Dean:
This situation is so frustrating I can barely tolerate it. You can rest assured that I will be taking this case directly to the voters. It's only a gut feeling, but it's a strong one: I think this ballot initiative will lose. I see my family in Two Harbors, many of them conservative, all of them typical small town Minnesotans, yet every single one of them, including my 74 year old aunt, fully support marriage equality. In fact, my aunt is the most outspoken one about it. I see Republicans and 99% of the solid conservatives in my law school class, and they all think this is a ridiculous amendment - purely a bad and despicable idea.
What we need to overcome is ignorance, more than anything else. At the end of the day, it's bigots influencing the votes of uninformed people that is the threat. I believe that sharing your story, and the story of the tens thousands of people like you, Liz, and Jude, is the right approach and the winning approach. Once people who don't know you are no different than they are, and you're not, they won't vote against you. Massive voter education and turnout will be the keys, and it's where I'll focus my efforts to help this backfire in ways that the bigots behind it could have never imagined.
I'm sorry we have to do this. I can't think of someone I'd rather fight for than you and yours, however.
Letter from Katie, ECFE Friend:
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
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Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
1. Jude got his first haircut. Ok. I know that's not a sign of spring. But it does fall into the category of "fina-frickin-ly." His hair might be similar to mine in color, but that's where the similarities end. It's coarse, curly, and reeeeeeeally sloooooooow to grow. He doesn't even have enough hair for a full haircut. We just needed to snip a little off the bottom. It was kind of turning into a party in the back and we might be lesbians, but we aren't into mullets.
2. It was warm enough that Jude could finally play with the water table we got him a few weeks ago
3. THERE ARE ACTUAL GREEN LEAVES ON THE TREE IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE.
5. (This is actually the surest sign that spring is here) We saw two geese and their six goslings! I don't actually have a picture, so you're just going to have to trust me on this one. Lindsay did actually turn the car around so she could make another pass, just to be sure that there were actual babies.
Though it took its sweet time to get here, spring is actually the most amazing time in Minnesota. Bring it!
Posted by Bonzer at 8:33 PM
And as if Jude's love for El Azteca wasn't already great, we have one more reason to love it. As we we paid our bill, our server asked, "one mama, or two mamas?" He then presented us each with a single red rose (like we made it through the rose ceremony!). So sweet! We loved that we were both acknowledged as Jude's proud moms. Lindsay left a generous tip for his lack of assumption.
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Saturday, May 7, 2011
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After two days and almost 5 miles, however, we're ready for a break. Our timing is just right since it's supposed to rain for the next few days.
We're SO EXCITED that our CSA drop-off location has moved to a new house that is 1.4 walking miles from our house. Here's what we got in our first box:
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