Message from 2012 Lavender Yellow Pages Recipient Organization, Minnesotans United for All Families

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At midnight on May 21, 2011, the final legislative vote was taken in St. Paul to place a question on the 2012 general election ballot in Minnesota: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota? As we stood under the Capitol rotunda with hundreds of other supporters who had been waiting all night for this vote, a wave of despair washed over us. And then Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Karen Clark came out to reassure us – we’ve just begun to fight. An hour following that vote, Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign to oppose the ballot measure, was launched. We are a broad coalition of organizations and community and business leaders working to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment, which would ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota. Faith, labor, progressive, and nonpartisan organizations; communities of color; current and former elected officials; Republicans, DFLers, Greens, Independents, and Libertarians have all joined to defeat this amendment. We are a coalition founded on a strong belief in the power of marriage. We believe marriage and family are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community, raising children, and growing old together. We believe in a Minnesota that values and supports strong families and creates a welcoming environment for all Minnesota families to thrive. And we believe marriage matters. To all. count. This amendment must be beat. Winning will not be easy. We must work harder than we’ve ever worked before. We must be smarter, more strategic and insightful in order to maximize each and every scarce resource. But we can win. We won’t be the thirtieth state to add this amendment to our constitution. We will be the first state to defeat it. You can take action today. By joining our campaign as a financial contributor, volunteer or simply committing to Vote No, you will make a difference. By visiting mnunited. org, you can be a part of this winning effort. As Minnesotans United Board member and life-long Republican Wheelock Whitney recently stated in a Star Tribune editorial, “Many things can undermine a marriage. But my happiness has never depended on depriving others of their happiness.” We couldn’t agree more. And, we look for• Make sure voters know this amendment is ward to celebrating this victory with you and on the ballot on November 6, 2012 all Minnesota families next fall. • Ensure voters know how this amendment Thank you to all of our wonderful volunhurts Minnesota families teers, our board of directors and our coalition partners for helping us get to this level of suc• Persuade voters to vote NO cess in such a short time. We could not do it In order for our coalition and this cam- without you. paign to be successful, we must come together and accomplish many goals. We will need thousands of volunteers and financial donors, and even more voters who are committed to voting NO on this anti-marriage, anti-family amendment. You know what’s at stake: a change to our State Constitution that will last for generations, and would tell thousands of Minnesota families that their family doesn’t Twenty-nine other states have amendments banning marriage for same-sex couples in their constitutions. Minnesota has the opportunity to be the ver y first state to defeat this kind of amendment, and make histor y. In the months leading up to this historic vote on November 6, 2012, we will host a conversation with Minnesotans to talk about why marriage matters. We will be launching the largest grassroots campaign Minnesota has ever seen, using innovate persuasion techniques and specific messaging strategies that we’ve garnered from the unfortunate history of the losses that have come before us. Minnesotans will go the polls with many decisions to make. Our coalition’s goals are simple:

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Arts & Entertainment

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
ORDWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 345 Washington St. St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 282-3000 Box Office: (651) 224-4222 <www.ordway.org> Ordway Center is located directly across from Rice Park. Numerous parking ramps are within easy walking distance. The closest parking ramps are the St. Paul, RiverCentre, Lawson Commons, Kellogg Street Ramp, and Landmark Towers. There is no direct skyway to Ordway Center. Parking spaces are available in the Plaza lot on the corner of 7th and 5th Streets for patrons attending evening or weekend performances.

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Arts & Entertainment

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRES 501 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 (952) 934-1525 <www.chanhassentheatres.com> Chanhassen Dinner Theatres's founders, Herb and Carol Bloomberg, designed and constructed their 90,000 square foot entertainment complex where once stood a cornfield, some distance out of the metropolitan area. Chanhassen is one of the few theatres in the Twin Cities to have facilities on site to create productions from scratch. From the initial concepts of scenic design down to the production of original costume designs—everything is done on Chanhassen property.

MAIN DINNER THEATRE

FIRESIDE THEATRE

PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

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Sports & Leisure

TCF Bank Stadium, Williams Arena, and Mariucci Arena
TCF BANK STADIUM 2009 University Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN (612) 624-8080 <www.stadium.gophersports.com>

WILLIAMS ARENA 1925 University Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN <www.gophersports.com>

MARIUCCI ARENA 1901 4th St. SE Minneapolis, MN <www.gophersports.com>

Local Transportation

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Downtown Minneapolis - Metro Transit
METRO TRANSIT (612) 373-3333 <www.metrotransit.org> One call from a touch-tone phone links you to all the information you need to use the bus system. TRANSIT LINE (612) 341-4287 24-hour schedule information SUPERSAVER HOTLINE Call the SuperSaver Hotline at (612) 349-7681 for a postage-paid Super-Saver by Mail order form, or order online at <www.metrotransit.org> TTY SERVICES For the deaf and hard of hearing only. Route & Schedule Information (612) 341-0140 Customer Relations/Lost & Found (612) 349-7439 Rideshare (612) 349-7369 ROUTE & SCHEDULE INFORMATION (612) 341-0140 Talk to a representative about routes and schedules. Hours: Monday–Friday: 6:30 AM–9 PM Saturday & Sunday: 8 AM–5 PM Holidays: 8 AM–5 PM Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas CUSTOMER RELATIONS/LOST & FOUND 570 6th Ave. N., Mpls. 612) 349-7439 Use this service to give us your comments or to check on lost items. Hours: Monday–Friday 7 AM–6 PM Closed holidays BUS FARES Buses accept $1 bills and U.S. coins, including $1 coins. Bus fareboxes and drivers cannot make change.

Local Transportation

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Downtown Minneapolis - Skyway System
MEET MINNEAPOLIS OFFICIAL CONVENTION & VISITORS ASSOCIATION 250 Marquette Ave. S., Ste. 1300 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (888) 676-6757 <www.minneapolis.org>

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Local Transportation

Downtown St. Paul - Skyway System
SAINT PAUL CONVENTION & VISITORS AUTHORITY 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., Ste. 502 Saint Paul, MN 55102 (800) 627-6101 <www.visitsaintpaul.com>

Local Transportation

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Light Rail - The Hiawatha Line and Northstar Commuter Rail
The Hiawatha Line Light rail transit is the modern version of the streetcars that operated in Minneapolis until the mid-1950s. LRT is an important part of a transit system because of its ability to transport high numbers of commuters comfortably, efficiently, and quietly. LRT trains can operate as single cars, or can be combined into two- and three-car trains. LRT trains are clean and quiet because they are electrically powered by overhead lines. Station designs allow access by pedestrians, drop-off, reconfigured bus connections, and park-and-ride. The Hiawatha Light Rail Transit (LRT) route is the first LRT line planned for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The 12-mile route runs along Hiawatha Avenue and along 5th St. in Downtown Minneapolis. The line includes 17 stations, and links Downtown Minneapolis, the Airport, and the Mall of America. These locations are three of the largest economic and job centers in the region. There are a total of four stations in Downtown Minneapolis and six stations in Minneapolis neighborhoods. Visit <www.metrotransit.org/rail>.

Northstar Commuter Rail After a dozen years of hard work, Northstar Commuter Rail is the state's first commuter rail line operated by Metro Transit. For the most current information, visit <www.metrotransit.org>.

Local Attractions

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Duluth - Superior
VISIT DULUTH 21 W. Superior St., Ste. 100 Duluth, MN 55802 Phone (218) 722-4011 Toll-Free 1-800-438-5884 <www.visitduluth.com> The lake. The cliffs. The proximity. Just drive two-and-a-half hours, and you're there! Be sure to visit the Lakewalk, Glensheen, Bellisio's, and the Aquarium. Don't miss the Duluth-Superior GLBT Pride Festival held each Labor Day weekend. Ask anyone who's been here, and they'll tell you nothing's like a visit to Duluth. Scenic wonder, natural beauty, and an all-around great place. As Duluth has transformed itself into a tourism destination that draws more than 3.5 million visitors annually, more GLBTs than ever are picking the Twin Ports for their Midwestern getaway.
—from the Duluth News Tribune, September 2, 2001

Photo by Hubert Bonnet