Minnesota, USA: Man Behind the Push for Marriage Equality; Vikings Player Comes Out Against It

Written by scott on May 26th, 2013

Minnesota mapA couple new marriage equality stories out of Minnesota. First off, SFGate reports on the man who was instrumental in passing marriage equality in the state:

No single person ever became the public face of the successful drive for gay marriage in Minnesota, but the man who gets the most credit from his allies for making it happen is Richard Carlbom… Carlbom, a former small-town mayor and DFL operative who just hit 30, led the successful campaign to defeat that amendment. Minnesota was the first state to defeat a gay-marriage ban after more than 30 were successful around the country. Carlbom and the rest of the Minnesotans United campaign apparatus quickly shifted to successfully lobbying the now Democratic-controlled Legislature to legalize gay marriage. While a stunning political victory, it’s also personal for Carlbom. In December, he and his male partner plan to get married in Minnesota.

Also in Minnesota, a Vikings player has spoken out against marriage equality. Twin Cities reports:

The NFL MVP said “I’m not with that” when the conversation turned to same-sex marriage during a Thursday interview on Sirius/XM NFL satellite radio. The star running back was asked by hosts Bruce Murray and Amani Toomer whether he thought the Vikings cut their longtime punter because of his vocal support of gay marriage. And as he so often does with tacklers, he took the issue head on. “To each his own. I’m not with it,” Peterson said. “But I have relatives that, you know, are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love them. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something that I believe in. But to each his own.”

It just goes to show that we’re still a long ways away from true acceptance in professional sports, especially football.

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