Friday, May 10, 2013

Witnessing History

Yesterday I had the honor of being present at the state Capitol when the MN House of Representatives was voting on the Marriage Equality bill.

I got involved with Minnesotan's United for All Families last fall because I wanted to do something to make sure that this amendment, an amendment that would have limited the rights of many friends, coworkers, neighbors, and people I didn't even know.

When Marriage Equality Bills were introduced in Minnesota I knew I wanted to help that happen to. I have friends who want to get married. They should be able to do that. It was a great chance to reconnect with people I met last fall and finish what was started.

Yesterday I volunteered at the Capitol, greeting people and making sure that everyone I encountered felt safe and supported.

It was amazing to democracy in action. While there was some tension I also witnessed very civil conversations while people waited for equality.

While greeting people I met a man with a sign that said "Jesus is the way" on one side. When I informed him that I was Catholic and wasn't it great that there were so many people of faith on both sides of this issue he informed me that I needed to spend more time with my Bible until I could see the way.

Over the course of the day I gave away a bottle of water (it was very hot in the Capitol). I also gave away an orange to a diabetic man who looked a little shaky. I greeted people with kindness. In addition I listened to people sing songs of love while they waited to see if their families would be recognized by our state. I watched as people with orange signs shared bottles of water to people with pink signs without even thinking twice.  Somehow these things seem more like the Bible I'm familiar with.


Mary Aalgaard said...

What a great event, Carrie. How cool that you were there, showing your love for all people.

Hannah Kincade said...

OMG, how exciting!! Let's hope we can take it a few more steps!

OT: are you going to the Children/YA conference again this weekend?? Sarah and I will both be there! Excitement!!