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    2013 - 04.04

    Three years ago when I started writing TGA one of my goals was to advance understanding of the reality experienced by same gender couples. Except for cleaner cars and greener lawns, were pretty much like everyone else; with the same hopes, dreams, fears and insecurities.

    With buffed nails and great hair-cuts of course.

    Back then, I never thought it would be only three years until I read this:

    “Government’s role is to protect the individual,” Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, said Wednesday, adding that a bill authorizing civil unions he is introducing today would do just that.

    When I was a young man, most conservative politicians either denied the existence of gay people; used them as props to demonstrate their moral superiority; or ridiculed them as fancy-nancy boys.

    Today a Republican politician in MN introduced a bill to authorize civil unions, which would grant existing MN legal protection to any couple who purchased the document.

    While this gesture does nothing to ensure the protection of federal laws to same gender couples in MN, it’s an advancement a million miles ahead of where our local culture was a few years ago.

    Rep. Kelly, while your bill falls short of supporting equal protection of all laws, rather than only MN laws, it’s very much a step in the right direction, and it’s something your predecessors would have never dreamed of doing.

    Today’s Gay Agenda: Always remember, victory comes through a series of small successes. The introduction of this bill is one of them.

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    2 Responses to “Times they are a-changin’”

    1. Barbara says:

      I am celebrating each and every victory, large and small, for all the very dear LGBT people I am so fortunate to have in my life! The day is not far off when our whole society will look back and find it hard to imagine that this discrimination ever existed.

    2. Kevin says:

      “Except for cleaner cars and greener lawns” LOL