Issue 364

They Move Among Us

Maine moved a step closer to being the fifth state to allow gay marriage when its Senate passed a bill on April 30. The lower chamber and governor have yet to approve it. The vote in the State House of Representatives is due just before this issue hits the stands.

The legislation seeks to redefine marriage as the legal union of two people, rather than only between a man and a woman. Once an opponent of gay marriage, Maine Governor John Baldacci said earlier in April he is keeping an open mind on the issue.

In the same week, Iowa and Vermont both legalized same-sex marriage, and New Hampshire’s Senate has approved a gay marriage bill, already approved by its House. The bill lacks only New Hampshire Governor John Lynch’s signature to become law.

Minnesotan gay and lesbian couples already are availing themselves of the ability to marry next door in Iowa, the newly minted fourth state to offer marriage to same-sex couples. One happy couple can be seen in our “Queer as Folks” (page 14), while an entire busload of couples will board a bus chartered by All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis to head for Iowa and marriage.

Channel 5 Eyewitness News online on April 28 quoted Tom Pritchard of the Minnesota Family Council as declaring, “Clearly, I think, it’s a media stunt”—this although many Minnesota couples already have traveled to Iowa to marry on their own initiative.

The report noted Prichard went on to say that he believes it will backfire, and build support for a Minnesota voter-approved constitutional ban on gay marriage.

“I think there’s a great concern here among many that the legislature, or our courts, are going to have same-sex marriage imposed upon us, so I think this will galvanize people,” Prichard explained.

By having “same-sex marriage imposed upon us,” does Pritchard mean that he believes anyone will be coerced into marrying someone of his—or her—own sex? Or that gay people would travel out of state to marry on a lark, knowing their marriage will not be acknowledged as valid? Does he feel that the ability to marry one’s intended in a state where it is legal will whip Minnesotans into a frenzy of homophobia against gay fellow citizens?

If so, that’s a sad indictment of our citizenry: “You’ve found some happiness together? Well, not here in Minnesota! Never!”

I would prefer to believe that Minnesotans—including State Senator Paul Koering—would see having married gay neighbors less Wes Craven or George Romero than Frank Capra.

The Married Move Among Us. That scenario—and it is being written now—will it bring out the villagers with torches or a welcoming embrace?

Queer As Folks

Minnesotans Travel to Iowa To Get Married—Legally

With the April 3 Iowa Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage, many Minnesotans made plans to travel a few hours to Iowa to get hitched—legally. Among the Minnesotans applying for a marriage license on the first day they could do so, April 27, were Dean Schlaak and Tom DeGree, co-owners Wilde Roast Café, who lined up at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines. On May 3, All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis sent a busload of couples to Iowa to take part in individual wedding ceremonies of their own. Read the rest of this entry »

Letters

Designer Duds

As a longtime dog enthusiast, exhibitor, and breeder, I was appalled by your article “Hybrid Hounds” [Lavender, April 24]. Your article states, “It’s as simple to craft your future canine as you would a cup of joe…”; and, “When you go designer, you can mix qualities and characteristics in both purebreds, customizing your own pooch.” From personal experience, I can tell you, nothing is further from the truth! Read the rest of this entry »

Gay, Global, and Groundbreaking: Interview with Tony Kushner

The Guthrie Theater is gleaming even more splendidly than usual with an unprecedented celebration of the work of playwright Tony Kushner. He won both a Pulitzer and a Tony in 1993 for Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches, as well as a Tony in 1994 for Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika. Read the rest of this entry »

Caroline, or Change: Kushner’s Lauded Musical Is Homage to Civil Rights

The Guthrie Theater’s Kushner Celebration is off and running with an acclaimed area premiere of the Tony-nominated musical Caroline, or Change, starring the superlative Greta Oglesby. It won the UK’s most prestigious theater awards for Best Musical: the Olivier, the Evening Standard Award, and the London Drama Critics Circle Award. Read the rest of this entry »

Culture Tornado: Art-A-Whirl Spins Through Northeast Minneapolis

Northeast Minneapolis Art Association (NEMAA) is an affable amalgamation of artists and allies headquartered within the Mill City’s upper-right-hand corner. The organization’s biggest, most precocious brainchild is Art-A-Whirl, a tornadic tour of local studios and galleries. The 2009 event takes place the third weekend of May: Friday, May 15, 5-10 PM; Saturday, May 16, Noon-8 PM; and Sunday, May 17, Noon-8 PM—rain or shine. Loving art is no fair-weather sport, speaking figuratively and literally. Read the rest of this entry »

Lavender’s Summer of Pride Kicks Off With Style

Lavender and the Chambers Hotel once again are teaming up to host Pride Central, which benefits The Aliveness Project. Read the rest of this entry »

Short & Sweet

Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers

It’s time to free those pasty limbs as the warm sun slowly makes its way back into our neck of the woods. Get ready to show more leg than ever this season in summer’s full range of shorts styles! Patterns are definitely the biggest trend to look for as plaids, botanicals and checks make their way into your wardrobe, but classic neutral looks are also trailing close behind. Read the rest of this entry »

Sexy Accessories

A bold statement piece that invites a flirtatious conversation. The confidence you exude wearing your favorite jeans with just the right belt. The one accessory you love to wear. Read the rest of this entry »

Music Is Our Middle Name

Music Is Our Middle Name accessories | music | consulting
When in the mood for the fiercest, chicest and most dynamite import music, keep STYLEDLIFE® in mind, kids! Read the rest of this entry »

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