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Bachmann's Twin in Congress

(31) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Michele Bachmann, Queen of the Extreme, brings in the big bucks with her far right, religiously fundamentalist agenda. I am embarrassed she represents my state of Minnesota in the House of Representatives. Bachmann loves every bit of attention she gets with her outrageously extreme statements. It makes us all cringe...

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Love Is Precious, and It Belongs to Everyone

(49) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 5:07 PM


2012-08-16-IMG_9861.JPGThese five little ones love their Uncle Jake. They give me the gift of hope every time our family gathers and they run up to him with hugs and smiles. Jacob is neither gay nor straight in their eyes. Jacob is simply their...

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My Parents Would Want My Gay Son to Find Love and Get Married

(17) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 11:19 AM

I was born and raised in Greenbush, Minn. My dad was the town doctor, with a clinic attached to our home. If I needed to talk to Dad, I would just go down the hall to the clinic. Often, I would see him with his arm around a patient, walking...

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A Christmas Letter to My Gay Son

(193) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 1:42 PM

My dear Jacob,

As I was going through a box of keepsakes, I came across a Christmas list you had written when you were a young boy. On the list were things we could easily find in stores, and I always enjoyed finding them for you, wrapping them up and...

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A Mother's Letter to the Senate

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 3:00 PM

Dear Senators,

As a mother blessed with a beloved gay son, I watched the Senate proceedings last week that addressed DADT and took a vote to set in motion its repeal. I was appalled to see it all crumble in an ugly and childish manner after months of study, recommendations...

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Mom's One Person Protest of Target

(26) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 11:37 AM

Two days ago I shopped at Target for the last time. All the items I bought, I returned in protest of Target's $150,000 support of Tom Emmer, the anti-gay Republican candidate for governor in Minnesota. As a mom, I had to do this one person protest. My youngest son is...

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This Mom is Heading to the National Equality March

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 5:50 PM

Early one morning as I was running out to grab our newspaper, I noticed something written on the end of our driveway. Our youngest child, Jacob, was in high school so I figured some of his friends were having fun with him. As I came closer I saw just one...

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I Ask President Obama for Full Equality for my Gay Son

(187) Comments | Posted June 23, 2009 | 3:20 PM

Dear President Obama,

I watched you preach on Father's Day and my heart was touched by your words. I listened with a mother's heart. I have been blessed with four dear children. Not a day goes by that I don't thank God for the gift my children...

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