Al Franken for Senate and his support for Gay Marriage Equality
Al Franken is running for US Senate to represent Minnesota. He is pro equality and believes in gay marriage equality. Here is the story of why a Minnesota "Family of the Year" supports him.
By Randi & Philip Reitan
Lavender Magazine Family of the Year: The Reitans
Awarded due to their extraordinary support of their gay son (Jake, a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School and founder of the Soulforce Equality Ride) and support of LGBTQ rights from promotional appearances to civil disobedience that resulted in numerous arrests.
This family defines "family values" by supporting their son, and their passion for equality is exemplary.
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We did a fundraiser at our home for Al Franken because we believe in him. We were anxious for Al to run because we had heard him speak for other candidates in these last elections. Al Franken worked hard to see Democrats elected. Each time we heard him speak, we knew he cared about those who were suffering and needed a voice in Washington; we felt his passion for this country and his heartfelt desire to serve it well; and we knew he would stand for equality for our son, Jake.
That last reason is a passion for us. We work hard to see the day of equality for our son and all in the gay community. We need a Senator who will work with us with the same passion.
Jake flew home from Harvard to be at our fundraiser because he wanted to be a part of the evening. Jake knows Al will stand with the gay community, and Jake wanted to stand by Al that night.
Al will work to see the day of equality. Al has courageously come out for gay marriage. He says his marriage to Franni is so important to him, he wouldn't want to deny marriage to anyone.
The gay community from across the metro area filled our home that night for Al and everyone was energized by Al's message. They felt his passion and were impressed with his intelligence and depth of his knowledge on all the important issues our country faces. We call him a progressive, a visionary, but most of all, we want to call him our Senator.