Tag Archives: Wisconsin

One Weekend

One of the things I regularly do is look at news online. This morning I saw that a man had been shot and killed in a hotel parking lot in my city of Madison, Wisconsin. It doesn’t happen often here, … Continue reading

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Letter to Scott Walker on Same-Sex Marriage

Dear Governor Walker, In today’s paper you are quoted as saying that your position on same-sex marriage is irrelevant. “My position has been clear. I voted in the past. It doesn’t really matter.” You do realize that you are the … Continue reading

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Letter to the LaFayette County Clerk

On Friday, June 7, Judge Barbara Crabb ruled Wisconsin’s Constitutional same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. She didn’t do a very good job of guidance for what that meant, but by Thursday morning, June 12, all but nine of Wisconsin’s 72 counties … Continue reading

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Of Course

Last Friday afternoon Judge Barbara Crabb handed down a ruling that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, opening the door for same-sex couples to start marrying in my home state of Wisconsin. Within a short time couples were gathering … Continue reading

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Love Wins

On Friday a federal judge overturned Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage and on Friday night and all day Saturday same-sex couples got married at the City/County building in Madison and at the courthouse in Milwaukee. On Sunday morning I am … Continue reading

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Three Years Ago

Before Governor Scott Walker took office he had already created controversy by stating he would refuse funds for a new light rail system that had already been approved with federal money set to come to Wisconsin. He demanded that the … Continue reading

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Letter to Scott Walker on the Movement Toward Equality

Dear Governor Walker, You were quoted recently as saying that you sense no “significant movement” toward legalizing gay marriage in Wisconsin and you justified fighting whatever movement there is by stating that as an elected official it is your duty … Continue reading

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Northern Lights and Smiles

Several years ago I was driving back to Madison from my hometown of Shullsburg, Wisconsin in the southwestern corner of the state. It was winter and as I was driving I suddenly noticed incredible colored lights in the sky, shifting … Continue reading

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What It’s Like to Be Gay in America Today to Me

The last few days have brought some really great news for queer America, but it has to be tempered with the reality of living life as a gay man–or lesbian, bi, trans, or other alternative orientations and ways to express … Continue reading

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The Crowning of Mary Burke

Mary Burke may well end up being the Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin and she may also be a good candidate. While I have some concerns about her stands on Scott Walker’s Act 10, jobs, and on school vouchers … Continue reading

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Redskins and Whities

Maybe I’m being overly simplistic about this but it seems to me that if I’m using a term and someone points out to me that it is offensive I would stop using that term out of respect for our common … Continue reading

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Unions for Dummies

With Labor Day coming up it seems like a good time to examine unions and their place in our society. Ever since Scott Walker effectively ended collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin I have heard many statements about unions … Continue reading

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