One Mom’s Odyssey: How a Minnesota Woman Helped Make Same-Sex Marriage History By Michael McIntee | May 23, 2013 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on LGBT Issues Subscribe to LGBT Issues Follow this author Click photo of Randi Reitan to watch video about her story Click photo of Randi Reitan to watch video about her story A mother’s love for her son is a powerful thing. It helped change the course of history in Minnesota. Randi Reitan was one of thousands of people who worked to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota, but she had a symbolic affect on the years-long fight. She began working for marriage equality more than a decade ago, after her son, Jake, came out as gay. In 2010, UpTake video of her effort to launch a boycott of Target Corp., for donating to a fund that backed anti-gay-rights gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, went viral and may have helped doom the Republican’s candidacy. Had Emmer been elected governor, instead of Democrat Mark Dayton, the chances of legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota would have been slim. In 2012, had Reitan and others not fought a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, it might have been years before that law could be reversed. Those struggles set the stage for this year’s dramatic passage of a same-sex marriage law in the Minnesota Legislature. This video, shot by the staff of The UpTake over several years, documents how one mom’s simple action can help fuel a movement, and how love can turn despair into joy. Click on the photo to watch now. Support turning this story into a movie on Kickstarter Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.