Marriage inequality: Not a Jewish value

“Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota? ___Yes   ___No”

S.F. No. 1308, as introduced – 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)


Gay Senator: MN anti-gay marriage amendment is hurtful

Senator Scott Dibble, who is gay, talks about how hurtful a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment is to him and his husband.


Encouraging women with diabetes to push themselves athletically

"The minute 
I crossed that 
finish line, I knew that I am an athlete who lives with 
diabetes and I can do anything."
-Mari Ruddy

"Dang. Where are the women with diabetes? And how come they are not organized? Well, I guess I better organize them."


Abortion bills passed by the House

The House passed two abortion-related bills after a lengthy debate on each.

A bill that would ban abortions at or after 20 weeks of a pregnancy was passed 82-46.


Women and Spirit exhibit tells a grand story

The congenial staffer at the Dubuque Tourist Center dismissed the “Women & Spirit” exhibit as a “Catholic” thing.  Though he was an absolute delight, he was a bit off on this one.  The exhibit did feature women religious in the US but it was definitely not a “Catholic” thing.  It is a story of the strong women who led the charge for health care, education, particularly e


Details scant on marriage amendment poll touted by GOP

A recent poll finds that a majority of Minnesotans want to vote on whether to put an amendment to ban gay marriage in the Minnesota Constitution, but the groups touting the survey are remaining m


Going viral: Two Minnesota YouTube hits from debate on marriage

The Uptake's video of Representative Steve Simon's statement on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (above) went viral, with nearly half a mi


OPINION | Equality at the Legislature

"We must not only say women are equal, we need to ensure women have the tools to achieve equality." -Kate Knuth

One of my favorite rooms in the Capitol is tucked in a corner on the second floor. It has two windows, two sinks and two stalls. The word "women" is stenciled on the door.


OPINION | Mother-in-law day

"My mother always told me that you can tell a lot about how a man is going to treat you by the way he treats his mother." -Ka Vang

May 8 is Mother's Day. I want to acknowledge my mother-in-law, Judy Tischleder, and celebrate her for Mother's Day.

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