"I join with all Minnesotans who mourn the loss of Allan Spear. His evenhandedness, command of the issues, and ability to reach across the aisle and work with colleagues of both parties were legendary and should inspire us all. He was a man of great courage who served as one of this nation's first openly gay legislators. Michelle and I and the Bidens send our thoughts and prayers to Allan's partner, Junjiro Tsuji, and all the family, friends and colleagues who loved him."
-- Senator Barack Obama's statement on the death of openly gay former Minnesota state legislator Allan Spear in a press release sent to Bilerico Project.