"Five years in, this is no longer about a law. This is not about the Affordable Care Act as legislation, or Obamacare as a political football. This is health care in America." - President Obama
This year’s Pride parade had something extra to celebrate — a U.S. Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality the law in all 50 states.
“It’s a big victory nationally. Be ready to celebrate today,” said State Senator John Marty as he shook hands with many of those who lined Hennepin Avenue to watch the parade in the 80 degree heat.
Many sported orange “Freedom to Marry” and “Vote No” t-shirts from 2012 when Minnesota became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment that would have limited marriage to “one man and one woman.”
The parade attracted the usual colorful assortment of marchers and floats as well as many politicians.
“Happy Pride! Happy Pride!” said U.S. Senator Al Franken as he sprinted along the parade route high-fiving people in the crowd.
Rep. Karen Clark, author of Minnesota’s marriage equality law, and her wife showed off their wedding rings as they prepared to march the parade route.
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"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," said Obama. "It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency."
Minnesotan Will Steger has been to both poles and has seen firsthand the effects of climate change. He is urging lawmakers in his home state to move ahead with a federal initiative called the Clean Power Plan to cut back coal burning that speeds the effects of climate change.