It’s a special day, and I wanted to take the time to write to you about my valentine—Jacob.
There are a lot of things I could say about him. Jacob gets things done. He’s passionate. He’s hardworking. He has a vision that brings people together to improve lives across our city.
Today, though, I want to talk about something we both feel very strongly about—equality and the right to marry the person you love.
In 2011, Minnesota Republicans put a harmful measure on the ballot to deny our gay and lesbian friends and neighbors the same right that Jacob and I enjoyed last year when were married. Many people in Minneapolis were opposed to that amendment, but Jacob took action almost immediately.
First, Jacob created the Big Gay Race. It helped raise money for and awareness of Minnesotans United for All Families, the organization that was formed to fight back against the constitutional amendment. Thousands attended the first race in 2011, and double that attended in 2012—just weeks before Minnesota became the first state to defeat such a constitutional amendment.
After helping with the race, Jacob joined the fight to pass marriage equality at the state capitol—speaking out, lobbying legislators, and raising money to fund the effort. He was there the whole way as Minnesota became the twelfth state say that love is love.
Jacob has often said that the greatest reward for all of that hard work was the ability to serve as the wedding official for friends who were able to get married because Minnesota rejected discrimination and embraced love.
Love is worth fighting for. I know it’s that same love that motivates Jacob in his campaign for mayor. His love for his neighbors. His love for his city. His love for a future that is brighter for everyone.
With love today and always,