Congratulations, Minnesota! You just became the 12th state to recognize same-sex marriage. Progressivism lives!
I am so proud to be an honorary Minnesotan. I lived in southern Minnesota for five and a half years during college and was witness to the absurdity of the reign of Governor Jesse Ventura, the tragic death of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, and Norm Coleman and Tim Pawlenty’s head-scratching elections to the U.S. Senate and Minnesota governor’s mansion, respectively.
I voted in my first election in Minnesota. I was a sophomore in 1998, when my fellow Minnesotans elected Jesse Ventura as governor. (I voted for the Democrat so don’t blame me.) However, my best day as a Minnesotan was November 5, 2002, when I cast my ballot for Vice President Walter Mondale as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the state of Minnesota. He was the fill-in candidate for Senator Wellstone and I was so proud to honor both men with my vote.
Vice President Mondale didn’t win that election, a result I still don’t understand, but Minnesota returned to its progressive roots with the elections of Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Governor Mark Dayton.
I am so proud of you for passing marriage equality today, Minnesota!