Queer As Folks
Rally Held at State Capitol for Same-Sex Marriage
On February 11, a group of clergy and lay people from a broad array of faith communities gathered in the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda to demonstrate their approval from a religious standpoint for allowing same-sex couples to marry under state law. Organized by OutFront Minnesota, the event featured a number of speakers, including local and national faith leaders who hoped their show of support for same-sex marriage would increase participation in a statewide campaign for marriage equality in Minnesota. Although the rally took only an hour, it left a lasting impression on those who attended.
Marriage-Equality Supporters Hail Hearing on Bills in Minnesota House
On February 22, OutFront Minnesota
Executive Director Amy Johnson announced that for the first time since considering a divisive proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit legal recognition of same-sex marriage, a state legislative committee would hold a hearing on bills to extend marriage legality to gay and lesbian couples. The Minnesota House hearing was for informational purposes only, and no votes were expected. OutFront Minnesota Public Policy Director Monica Meyer, who praised the Legislature for beginning the long process of leading Minnesota toward marriage equality, said, “This problem won’t be solved this year, unfortunately, but we are optimistic that this hearing is the first step toward achieving that solution in the near future.”
Cheryl Reeve named New Minnesota Lynx Head Coach
The Minnesota Lynx recently announced that Cheryl Reeve is their new head coach. She has been coaching for the past 21 years, both as an assistant coach and head coach at the collegiate and WNBA levels. She most recently served as assistant coach and general manager for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. With her help, the team reached the WNBA Finals in each of her first three years, winning WNBA titles in 2006 and 2008. Reeve said, “I’m looking forward to this exciting opportunity to lead the Minnesota Lynx. I believe that with the rising young talent on this team, the return of Seimone Augustus, and the additions we’ll make to the roster this off-season, the time is now for the Lynx to be the best in the West.”