My mom, Dort (short for “Dorothy,” she is 80 years old) and me. Though quite conservative, even politically, she is, more importantly, what can be called an independent thinker. She voted against the anti same-sex amendment to Minnesota’s constitution, knowing how important equality is to me and my deceased sister (who lived in Seattle with her lover for many years—miss you, Mary). My mom didn’t think the amendment was fair, among other things.—Mark

My mom, Dort (short for “Dorothy,” she is 80 years old) and me. Though quite conservative, even politically, she is, more importantly, what can be called an independent thinker. She voted against the anti same-sex amendment to Minnesota’s constitution, knowing how important equality is to me and my deceased sister (who lived in Seattle with her lover for many years—miss you, Mary). My mom didn’t think the amendment was fair, among other things.—Mark