Pawlenty Administration Stopped GLBT Rainbow Bridge Says Sen Dibble

Video by Bill Sorem

Friday night was a good one for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual activists.
New York’s legislature approved same-sex marriage and Minnesota used light to paint rainbows on the I-35W bridge, symbolically supporting the GLBT community during “pride week”. The New York same-sex marriage law has been delayed for years by Republicans. In Minnesota, it turns out the bridge lighting has been also delayed for years by Republicans.

“Stopped at the top”

State Senator Scott Dibble, DFL, SD60, spoke at the lighting of the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in rainbow colors to celebrate the opening of Twin Cities Pride Festival. Dibble remarked that MNDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) were outstanding in their cooperation in past years to bring the project into being but they were, “Stopped at the top,” during the Pawlenty administration. Now with Governor Dayton, the rainbow bridge lights became a reality.

Dayton has pledged to campaign against a Republican backed constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The anti-gay marriage amendment is on the 2012 November general election ballot.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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