Video by Mike Maricle
For the next 18 months Minnesotans can expected to be bombarded with ads and messages about the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment that will be on the November 2012 ballot. Senator Scott Dibble expects those ads will be a continuation of the “politics of fear and hostility and discrimination” that he says fueled getting it on the ballot.
He says he and others are angry, but people have a choice. “We can take that anger and look into the face of Minnesota and show them a face of anger and have 18 months of hate versus hate and hope that we win. I don’t think that’s the way to go. We want to do it. If you’re going to get mad, look at the mirror in your own room and scream at the mirror. But I got to tell you the picture Minnesota needs to see is not have versus hate, it’s hate versus love.
Instead Rybak suggests members of the LBGT community “work out” and “go home”. By “work out” he means start conversations at work about this issue. By “go home” he means go home to the cities and towns in Minnesota where they came from and start networking with families and friends to put a real human face on LGBT.
Dibble says “we’ve been punched in the gut” but there is opportunity in what happened yesterday. Dibble says “We’ve built a movement. We are going to do the hardest thing we’ve ever done. But we’re up to it.” He urged people to fightback against the “politics of fear and hostility and discrimination” that is being used against women, new americans, people of color. And said there is now a website to help people do that at www.minnesotansunitedforallfamilies.org
Rep. Karen Clark talked about the emotions of losing the House vote on the anti-gay marriage amendment.
“I was so angry. I cried. Got a call from my partner ‘Karen be generous – just remember all the people who voted with us last night and who love us.’” Clark says we need to transform the hate and bigotry .
Rybak, Dibble and Clark were among the speakers at Sunday’s Harvey Milk birthday party. Milk was a San Francisco City Supervisor before an anti-gay activist gunned him down in 1978.