Crowd at Pride parade 2015

#LoveWins At 2015 Pride Parade

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. The parade attracted the usual colorful assortment of marchers and floats as well as many politicians.

Mayor Hodges Unveils Plaque

The Long Road To Same-Sex Marriage Commemorated In Bronze

“People can forget what it took. I hope that it will be a good reminder.” —Rep. Karen Clark who authored the law legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota talking about a bronze plaque unveiled at Minneapolis City Hall.

Minnesota State Capitol Dome

Poll: Not All Smoke Is The Same- MN Split On Legal Pot, E-Cigs Need Regulation

A poll that many Minnesota lawmakers pay close attention to finds Minnesotans split over the issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana with 43.3% favoring and 48.1% against. The Minnesota House nonscientific poll of 7,607 State Fair attendees also found that an overwhelming number of those polled (66.4%) want to see e-cigarettes regulated just like regular cigarettes.

Family Values II: Baby Grady: The Happy Face of Minnesota’s Same-Sex Marriage Law

Story by Nick Coleman, Executive Editor

Yesterday, The UpTake brought you the story of a baby boy named Emil , born Aug. 22nd to a lesbian couple, and asked whether Emil might be the first child born to a married same-sex couple after Minnesota’s new marriage equality law took effect Aug. 1. Well, it turns out that Emil and his moms were close, but no cigar. We still love Emil and his moms, but Emil arrived a couple of weeks late.

Family Values: Is A Baby Boy Named Emil A Minnesota First?

Editor’s note: Is a baby from Minneapolis named Emil — who has a big brother named Arlo — the first Minnesota child born to a same-sex couple whose marriage is recognized by the state? Well, he just might be — unless we hear of a baby born before Aug. 22 to another married same-sex couple. It’s not an important distinction — all children of same-sex families are precious, of course, like all children. Still, it’s fun to think how Minnesota families are evolving.

Minnesota Marriage Marathon: Love Is The Law

Photo slide show for The UpTake by Judy Griesedieck

After years of struggle for the right to marry, Minnesota’s LGBTQ community partied down and tied the knot — all over the state — as the same-sex marriage law passed last spring took effect at 12:01a.m. on Aug. 1. The UpTake has covered every aspect of this story for years (see below). But here, you can just feast your eyes on the sights and sounds of the historic celebration that began Thursday as the freedom to marry finally has been extended to include all of us. Video for The UpTake by Bill Sorem

PRIDE ON PARADE: The Photo Blog!!!

The 2013 Twin Cities Pride festival was a victory celebration as the LGBTQ community and their families, friends and supporters — including almost every political candidate for any elective office — turned out on a gorgeous (finally!) Sunday in a joyous show of happiness over the important victories of the past year.