At 1:45 a.m., Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom of Minnesotans United for All Families announced to campaign staff and board members that the vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota was too close to call. As he was about to end his remarks and tell everyone to get some sleep, Carlbom was told by the campaign’s communications director Kelly Schwinghammer, “The AP just called it.” An impromptu, joyous, tear-filled celebration ensued. It was the first time in U.S. history that an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment had been defeated. (via The Awesome Moment When Minnesotans Found Out Their Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Wasn’t Going To Pass)
Go to the 2:50 minute mark and start crying.
Presidential Debate Viewing at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (by Jason D. Myles)
Check out how awesome our Town Hall debate watch party was, and come by tonight for the election results and all-new beer specials.
Then come to our Election Watch Party tonight. We could really use your beer buying powers after being closed for a week due to the power outage. AND BREAKING: The chili is here! We have meat and vegan, and we’ll have 2fer drink specials. We are all anxious, come be comforted by your fellow book nerds. We’ll be tuned into MSNBC because I am partisan toward Rachel Maddow.
President Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” so that gay and lesbian servicemembers are no longer forced to lie about who they are to serve the country they love.
FUCK YEAH HE DID.
Whoever you are voting for tomorrow, VOTE. Then come to our Election Night Watch Party and eat chili and be nervous with us.
“Every country has the government it deserves.”
Remember to get out and vote (preferably for the candidate that you believe would do more for those dealing with homelessness and AIDS). And don’t forget to come join us for election night tomorrow. If you’ve been to our debate parties and got your card punched, you should be receiving a bucket of beer. Come what may, at least you’ll have beer.
Here’s what’s coming up this week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:
- Presidential Debate: Foreign Policy | Monday (TONIGHT!), 9pm | What better place to witness Mitt Romney and Barack Obama argue about war, our interactions with foreign countries, and (most importantly), who’s a bigger liar. Don’t miss bingo and one last chance to get a bucket of beer on election night.
- Sex and the Single Girl: The Life and Legacy of Helen Gurley Brown | Tuesday, 7pm | Join us for this celebration of the life of a legendary editor. A panel of today’s successful writer/editors who also happen to be women will discuss her life and influence.
- Storytime and Singalong for Kids | Wednesday, 10:30am | Do you have children? I don’t. But if I did, I would bring them to the bookstore Wednesday morning so they can frolic about to the beautiful music of our very own Beth and Amy.
- Live From Home with Milo Greene & Kat Edmonson | Wednesday, 7pm | Autumn is in full swing and there’s no better way to celebrate than attending a night of intimate indie-folk music and knocking back a few beers, all in the name of charity. Give Milo Greene and Kat Edmonson a listen and decide for yourself. Tickets are only $20.
- Art Writing as a Craft, Labor, and Art: An Arts & Labor Roundtable | Thursday 7pm | Art writing is a mysterious and not oft-discussed activity, so you’ll want to jump on this chance to be apart of an honest discussion about the activity of the all-powerful art critic.
Last night’s debate bingo! Come for foreign policy bingo on Monday, 9pm; it’s been really fun watching them with the crowd here. Y’all got wonderfully rowdy last night. (via Photo by christinehauer • Instagram)
Debate bingo has been exciting! Join us for an all new Town Hall-specific game tomorrow night at 9pm. (via foursquare)
- The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Official Book Release Book Release | Tuesday, 7pm | We’re excited here at the bookstore to host this historic release of a collection of some of today’s finest writers and their transgender narratives. Be here to celebrate a big step in transgender visibility.
- Presidential Debate: Town Meeting | Tuesday, 9pm | The most exciting debate yet! The past two televised debates at Housing Works have been pretty crowded, so show up early. Don’t miss your chance for bingo and a free bucket of PBR on election night.
- Ask Roulette with Pat Kiernan, Edith Zimmerman, Charlie Todd, and More | Wednesday, 7pm | A unique variety event where strangers ask each other questions, big or small, in front of a a live audience, combining honest conversation with good laughs. I’ll be live tweeting the whole thing, but it’ll be more entertaining if you come down.
- The Moth StorySLAM: Caution | Thursday 7 pm | Our usual Moth storytelling event with the theme of caution. $8 at the door. It always sells out so get here early.
- The Innocents Abroad Book Group: Paris, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down | Saturday, 11:30am | If you’re interested in traveling or good writing or both of those things together, join this book club to read and discuss Rosecrans Baldwin’s critically acclaimed book and confront the reality of Paris in the context of the idealized Paris.
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