The Personal Became Political

June is Pride month.
We have come a long way in Minnesota and in our nation. Being openly Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer is safer and more widely accepted than it once was—and as it still is in many parts of the world. I've been privileged to see things improve and to have helped make positive changes in the Minnesota legislature.
That terrible day in May 2011, when the Republican-controlled Minnesota legislature voted to put marriage on the ballot, galvanized people across the state. The cry for dignity and recognition of the humanity of LGBTQ people was a powerful motivator. People who had never been active in politics found themselves phoning strangers to discuss their own lives and the lives of their families. The personal became political and the political, personal. Love won at the polls and—after some prodding—the new DFL legislature made love the law in 2013.

The struggle is not over. Republicans control the legislature now, as they did then. They have filed bills for the "religious freedom" to discriminate and gave a committee hearing to a bathroom "privacy" bill. As Governor, I will stand strongly on the side of LGBTQ people, and all people fighting for the right to live their lives in freedom and dignity, and I will veto any bills that try to push LGBTQ people back into second-class status.