On This Day…


Normally, those Facebook “Hey, we really love you, so we are going to show you your own stuff” daily reminders are only of interest to me, and I feel no need to share them with anyone aside from my husband, because it’s a super cute picture of our kid.

But in recent weeks, 21st century Facebooking Minnesotans have been treated to some fine memories. First of all, three years ago today, May 14, 2013, was hot. Like, stupid hot. According to weatherspark.com:

“The hottest day of 2013 was May 14, with a high temperature of 98°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 69°F and the high temperature exceeds 81°F only one day in ten.”

Today, May 14, 2016, it’s 35 degrees with a frost advisory. I had to put my baby plants in the garage last night. But to warm my heart, I was reminded of this: three years ago today, Governor Mark Dayton signed marriage equality into the law of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. And we were there to see it.

Minnesota YES

Flickr album of my images related to marriage equality in Minnesota, with caption commentary.

It’s that whole “arc of history bending toward justice” thing, and it can be hard to remember this, given recent injustices and the ravings of a certain presidential candidate giving the microphone of hate to oddly angry white people everywhere. But at least it’s nice to remember that on November 6, 2012, Minnesota voters said “no” to both marriage and voter restriction. In May, 2013, the Minnesota House and Senate voted yes on marriage equality, and on this day, the governor signed the bill. On August 1, 2013, the bill went into effect, and loving couples exchanged their vows.