Salon's headline says the "GOP actually bullies an anti-bullying bill." We wouldn't go that far, but however you want to describe it, MNGOP senators did whatever it took to prevent an anti-bullying bill from coming up for a vote.OUR COVER FEATURE: Gay bullying: In wake of suicides, schools face fede ... More >>
Just as Tuesday's marriage equality bill-signing ceremony was about to begin, a group of MNGOP senators invoked an obscure rule to lock the Senate doors. The upshot was that some gay marriage-supporting senators weren't able to be in attendance for the historic occasion on the Capitol steps.THE BACK ... More >>
Yesterday, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis and chief sponsor of the gay marriage bill signed into law by Governor Dayton on Tuesday, criticized his Republican colleagues for using an esoteric procedural rule to prevent some of his colleagues from attending the bill-signing ceremony.SEE ALSO: MNGOP ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the gay marriage bill on the Capitol steps Tuesday evening, officially making Minnesota the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to wed.
Thousands gathered on the Capitol lawn on this sweltering evening to witness the historic moment, many wearing orange t-shirts -- the colo ... More >>
Before this weekend is in the books, marriage equality might be approved by the Minnesota House and Senate.SEE ALSO:-- MN for Marriage: "Don't let the metro area force gay 'marriage' on the rest of the state"-- Minnesota for Marriage's Hinckley rally was the biggest megafail in the history of megafa ... More >>
We'll say this about Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria -- at least her views are evolving.SEE ALSO: Scott Walker says it's time GOP concedes defeat on gay marriage
During a debate in September, Franson infamously said she "personally" doesn't believe homosexuality is "normal behavior." But barely ... More >>
Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, will hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss his late-breaking plan to legalize civil unions instead of gay marriage this legislative session.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during yesterday's Capitol rally [PHOTOS]But the legislators who ar ... More >>
In response to the introduction of marriage equality bills in the House and Senate yesterday, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, took the opportunity to point out his belief that being gay is a form of mental illness.SEE ALSO: National Organization for Marriage issues $500k threat to gay-friendly MNG ... More >>
:::: UPDATE ::::Sen. Petersen says he's not worried about NOM's threat."Regardless of the amount, whether it's $500,000 or $50 million, my vote is not going to [be] bought either way. I'm going to do what's right," Petersen told the Pioneer Press. "If they want to throw away $500,000 then that's the ... More >>
The past few days haven't been good ones for gay marriage opponents here in Minnesota.First came news that DFLers planned to introduce marriage equality bills before this week is through. Then came Republican Sen. Branden Petersen's unprecendented and perhaps unnecessary announcement that he's plann ... More >>
Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, thinks the to-be-introduced-any-day-now marriage equality bills could get through the Legislature without any MNGOP votes. Turns out he'll have at least one.SEE ALSO: Dayton's State of the State gay marriage endorsement: A picture tells 1,000 words [PHOTO] Sen. Bran ... More >>
A big step in Minnesota's remarkably quick march toward marriage equality will reportedly happen this week. During a conversation with WCCO's Esme Murphy yesterday morning, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, said he plans to introduce a gay marriage bill this week.SEE ALSO: Dayton's State of the Stat ... More >>
During last night's State of the State address, Gov. Dayton once again went on the record in support of marriage equality.SEE ALSO:-- MN for Marriage's concession: "God has defined marriage as between one man and one woman"
-- Senate Majority Leader Bakk responds dismissively to pro-marriage equalit ... More >>
Yesterday, a bill was introduced to use an as-of-yet-undetermined amount of taxpayer funds on a Capitol bust of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun.SEE ALSO: Women can't get non-surgical abortions in Wisconsin
Blackmun was boyhood buddies with fellow St. Paul native and future Supreme C ... More >>
Sen. Scott Dibble hopes a few Republicans will come out in favor of legalizing gay marriage this year, but if they don't, he believes a bill can still pass.
Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, plans to introduce a marriage equality bill into the Senate this session, he says. There hasn't been an internal vot ... More >>
Here's a head-scratcher: Yesterday, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, introduced an amendment that would've blocked tax dollars from being used to fund the type of controversial ex-gay therapy practiced at Marcus Bachmann's clinics.The motion failed after senators like David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, ra ... More >>
It's no secret that the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority doesn't have a lot of influence these days.
Since Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan took over, he's rarely disciplined officers based on the CRA's recommendations, causing no small amount of frustration from board members ove ... More >>
America's longest state shutdown could finally end.By signing his name 12 times, Mark Dayton could end the shutdown this morning. It took six months of arguing and 19 days of shutdown, but the legislature's special session finally passed 12 budget bills, with the last of them passing at around 3: ... More >>
The majority of these guys, today, are totally the worst.You can't marry your gay partner in Minnesota. It's illegal. But for a majority of Minnesota lawmakers, it's not illegal enough.
State Republicans want gay marriage to be unconstitutional, and today the Senate voted to put that constituti ... More >>
Currently, you can order this beverage in a bar on Sundays, but not buy it in a store.A bill to allow Sunday liquor sales, SF 197, is being introduced in the Senate today by Sens. Scott Dibble, Linda Scheid, and Roger Reinert of the DFL and Republican Sen. John Howe.
How would you like your ... More >>
RIP Krissy BatesMany LGBT activists eulogized slain transgender woman Krissy Bates at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on Friday night.
Bates, 45, was found dead in her apartment on Jan. 11. She'd been stabbed four times in her torso, once on the left side of her neck. Her boyfriend, ... More >>
Screengrab via YouTubeMelts in your mouth, not in your handThe Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010, sometimes called the Tic Tac Tobacco Act, has been signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
It got its nickname because some of the products it seeks to control are really just cand ... More >>
If you've been smoking "little cigars" like the classily-advertised Remington Good Times brand, your life may be about to get more expensive.DFL state Sen. D. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis has introduced legislation that will update the state's laws to include tobacco products currently exempt from ... More >>