Last night I attended the Republicans Against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment event at the W Hotel and got the opportunity to meet Representative Kriesel. The event was really nice, it was a smaller group and a more intimate setting. I arrived right before Rep. Kriesel spoke and he did a great job. When referring to the marriage amendment bill passing Congress he said, “we may have lost the battle, but we haven’t lost the war.” I thought this was such a true and inspiring message. This is not over and I believe the majority of Minnesotans believe in marriage equality. I am confident we will get the votes we need to beat this amendment!
After Rep. Kriesel gave his speech, I walked over and met him. I thanked him for everything he has done for marriage equality and for taking a stand in Congress. I told him me and my family were so proud of him for speaking up on this issue. Then I asked to get a picture with him, so here is that picture (sorry for the poor quality, the room was dark). Ann Kaner-Roth was also there when I was talking with him and I asked her to be in the picture as well. Ann Kaner-Roth is the Executive Director of Project 515 and a friend of mine.
After I spoke with Rep. Kriesel, I began heading out and right before I left Jeff Wilfahrt stopped me. He showed me what Rep. Kriesel had signed in his book, see below. It refers to when Rep. Kriesel said if there was a “Hell No” button he could have pushed to vote down the marriage amendment he would have used it. I would like to leave you with that!