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Jacob Reitan
Jacob Reitan is the founder of the Soulforce Equality Ride. He graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelors of Science degree in political science and communication studies. Jacob attended Harvard Divinity School where where received his Masters in Theological Studies. Jacob is currently pursuing his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. As a gay activist Jacob has been named by Advocate Magazine as one of the People of the Year for 2006 and by Out Magazine as one of the Out 100 people of 2006.

Blog Entries by Jacob Reitan

My Grandparents Support Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

Posted February 29, 2012 | 02/29/12 01:33 PM ET

My grandparents, Rev. John and Dorothy Reitan, live in Tacoma, Wash. They have been watching the news closely these last weeks as the Washington state legislature debated and then made history as they passed a bill making marriage legal for gay couples. They rejoiced when Governor Chris Gregoire signed the...

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Ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell This Year

Posted January 30, 2010 | 01/30/10 03:27 PM ET

I read today that the Pentagon's timetable for repeal of DADT is "several years" long. If this is true then their timetable does not live up to what the President promised in the State of the Union Address. In that speech the President said, "This year, I will work with...

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No LGBT Rights Mentioned in Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearing

Posted July 14, 2009 | 07/14/09 04:17 PM ET

I watched the opening statements made by the nineteen senators in Monday's confirmation hearing for Judge Sotomayor. Each senator previewed what they were going to be asking Judge Sotomayor tomorrow, and as a gay man I was disappointed. Not one Senator stated that he or she would be asking...

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Speaking of Compassion

Posted April 10, 2008 | 04/10/08 12:58 AM ET

This Sunday, Senators Clinton and Obama will be taking part in something called the 'Compassion Forum' at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Ironically, Messiah College has a severe lack of compassion towards its LGBT students. The school's community covenant prohibits "homosexual behavior" and effectively bans LGBT students who are open and...

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