A lack of a substantial federal question
October 27, 2012 6:02 PM   Subscribe

On May 18, 1970, two Minneapolis men made a shocking request. They applied for a marriage license. Minnesota Public Radio explains how we got from 1970 to now, when a week from Tuesday, Minnesota will vote on Amendment 1.

One can also listen to the MPR program. Previously, in Washington.
posted by hoyland (5 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
This major Target shareholder supports the rights of all US citizens to all benefits of legal marriage.
posted by brujita at 6:18 PM on October 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

So does this major Target shopper. Come on, Gopher State!!!!!
posted by wenestvedt at 6:44 PM on October 27, 2012

Minnesota also had a sodomy law prohibiting oral and anal sex, even between married couples, until 2001, when a state court threw out the law.

Road trip!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:02 AM on October 28, 2012 [3 favorites]

Minnesotans United for All Families welcomes your help in the home stretch of election season.
posted by Flannery Culp at 7:04 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

From today's StarTribune:
My late bachelor farmer uncle and his friend Bob were a beautiful gay love story.

Over the years, as everyone in our family grew to understand the true nature of the relationship, we were thrilled for my late uncle. In his lifetime, there was no possibility of "coming out" out there, on the edge of the prairie. My late uncle lived the best life he could under the societal norms of rural, small-town Minnesota in the 20th century.

When he died, our family took great comfort in the knowledge that he had Bob in his life for all those years. Maybe living alone in the farmhouse wasn't so lonely after all. Bully for both of them.
posted by Mental Wimp at 9:25 AM on October 30, 2012

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