Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Minnesotans Rally for Equality and Love at the State Capitol

This afternoon I attended, along with a number of other members of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM), OutFront Minnesota's annual "justFair" Lobby Day at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.

It was an absolutely glorious spring day, and so heartening to see such a good turn-out of folks - young people especially - willing to take a stand with and for LGBT people as they rallied for marriage equality and pro-LGBT legislation rights.

Following are photos from the Rally for Equality that took place from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. on the Capitol Lawn. As you'll see from many of the signs that people were holding, we were present taking a stand for equality and love.

Right: Standing at right with Minneapolis Council Member Gary Schiff.

Gary was one of a number of city and state officials to speak on behalf of gay rights and marriage equality.

Above: Philip Lowe, Jr. (center) and his partner Jason King (right).

Philip was a featured speaker at last October's CPCSM forum, “Holding the Courage Apostolate Accountable: The Catholic Church, Homosexuality, and Reparative Therapy.”

Above: My friend Paul, longtime supporter of CPCSM and former CPCSM treasurer.

Recommended Off-site Links:
Hundreds Rally for Equality in St. Paul - Andy Birkey (, April 22, 2010).
2010: An Important Year for the LGBT Community; Get Involved! - Philip Lowe (, January 11, 2010).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
At UST, a Rousing and Very Catholic Show of Support for Marriage Equality
A Catholic Voice for Marriage Equality at the State Capitol
A Catholic Presence at Gay Pride
Sen. John Marty on Marriage Equality in MN: "We Can Make It Happen"
OutFront Minnesota's 2008 Lobby Day
OutFront Minnesota's 2007 Lobby Day
A Christian Case for Same-Sex Marriage

Images: Michael Bayly.


Mareczku said...

More great pictures. You are so devoted and active to the cause. I wish that I was in Minnesota so I could join you. Warmest regards.

Annetta and Mike said...

Awesome photos! I'm the guy with all the balloons on his sign. Next year, please introduce yourself, Michael, I'd love to meet you in person. Thank you for all you do in the community and through this blog.