Big gay victory celebration in Minnesota

Check out this wonderful, cockle-warming video, taken from inside the war room of Minnesotans United for All Families, on election night. Minnesota voters were given the chance to write discrimination against LGBT Minnesotans into the state constitution. Minnesota’s gay marriage amendment, unlike those in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State, was a chance for voters to say “no” to restricting rights rather than saying “yes” to broadening rights. Minnesotans said “hell no” to reserving marriage rights just for straight people.

In this video, the campaign manager of MUAF, Richard Carlbom, is in the middle of thanking his campaign staff and volunteers and warning them that it’ll be a while before they get a result… and then they get a result. The room goes wild and the person who was, up until then, diligently filming Carlbom’s speech, starts hugging people and filming their jackets. It’s terrible camera work, but who cares? Suck it, discrimination.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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