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Some Minnesota pastors say decision still to come on same-sex marriage ceremonies

May 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

MOORHEAD, Minn. The Rev. Mark Asleson knows it’s just a matter of time before a gay or lesbian couple in his congregation asks if he’ll marry them at his parish, Dilworth Lutheran Church. Continue Reading

Marriage Licenses

August 11, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

Philip Blake Schmidt of Wadena to Amanda Rae McManigle of Wadena.
Gregory LaVerne Greenwaldt of Bertha to Betty Marie Schumaker of Sebeka. Continue Reading

Your Letters: Democrats running out of feet to shoot

August 11, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

Democrats plan to make it official on gay marriage. Reaction has been strong following the announcement that the Democratic Party plans to adopt support for gay marriage at its nominating convention in early September. Continue Reading

Your Letters: Preserving marriage between one man and one woman

August 11, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

In order to divert attention away from the legitimate points brought up by those who support marriage between a man and a woman, those who want to change the definition of marriage to include homosexuals often bring up other matters that obscure the point. They say, “Look at all the abuses of traditional marriage such as adultery and physical and emotional abuse within marriage.” Continue Reading

Your Letters: Different views on the Bible and marriage

August 11, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

Using the Bible to advance a political agenda is nothing newit has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination, prejudice and evil acts.
According to the Rev. Allen Refsland’s column, “God’s law establishes marriage”, printed in last week’s Wadena Pioneer Journal, it would appear that he and I are reading different books. Continue Reading

Marriage Licenses

June 29, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

Gregory Donald Crabb of Sebeka to Emily Elizabeth Brockpahler of Sebeka.
Steven Damon Lustila of Deer Creek to Mary Joy Saunders of Deer Creek. Continue Reading

Obama support of gay marriage to be focus of fundraising tour

May 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

President Barack Obama said Vice President Joe Biden got “a little bit over his skis” in publicly embracing gay marriage, forcing Obama to speed up his own plan to announce support for the right of same-sex couples to marry. The president made his historic endorsement on the eve of a sold-out fundraiser Thursday evening at the Los Angeles home of actor George Clooney. The timing of the event is creating a blockbuster confluence of high celebrity, big money and committed activism. Continue Reading

Obama supports gay marriage in ABC interview

May 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

President Barack Obama says he now supports same-sex marriage, ending months of equivocation on a subject with powerful election-year consequences. Continue Reading

Pacific Northwest tribe’s new law recognizes gay marriage

August 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council ratified the people’s wishes and recognized gay marriage, making it only the second tribe in the country known to do so. Continue Reading

Maplewood, Minn., couple never legally married, but court allows divorce

June 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Initially wed in the Hmong tradition, Su Xiong and Choa Yang Xiong described themselves as husband and wife, obtained a marriage license and filed taxes and bought houses and insurance together as a married couple. They did not, however, get a marriage certificate. The husband, Su Xiong, argued in court that this meant they were not legally married. Continue Reading