A massive Valentine’s Day rally at the Minnesota State Capitol, which included over a hundred clergy and religious leaders calling for the state to allow same-sex couples to marry, is no longer surprising. Times have changed. In 1997, when the Minnesota Legislature passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to “defend” marriage against same-sex couples, only a handful of legislators voted against it, and even fewer were willing to speak against it.
The State of the State is a wonderful opportunity to come together as Minnesotans. Members from the House and Senate sit together, as do members from the Democratic and Republican parties. The night is filled with pomp and circumstance and tradition. It is a wonderful event.
The Minnesota Department of Health warns Minnesota residents to beware of false claims, deceptive sales pitches, and scare tactics being used by some water treatment companies to sell expensive and unnecessary water treatment systems.