Op-ed: How My Grandmother Helped Pass Marriage Equality in Minnesota

The Advocate
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May 14, 2013

Sadly, my grandmother passed away before Election Day and wasn't able to cast a vote against the constitutional amendment. But I think that conversations like the one I had with my grandmother and the one she had with her fellow residents led to this moment when marriage equality could easily pass the legislature with wide public support. Those conversations planted seeds that would grow unto the acceptance that all people deserve to pledge their love and commitment to the person they love.

While Minnesota is poised to become the latest state to enact marriage equality, I wanted to write a personal account about how a state that almost had an anti-gay constitutional amendment could then pass marriage equality. It reminded me of some personal conversations I had. So I wrote this op-ed for The Advocate, describing the conversations I had with my grandmother about marriage equality, just like the conversations happening across the state.