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Case of same-sex couple to receive marriage license in 1971 reverberates today

Sunday, May 17, 2015
R. Bertraine Heine, Minnesota Historical Society/APIn this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis.
Long before the fight over same-sex marriage began in earnest, long before gay couples began lining up for marriage licenses, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell decided to wed. ...

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Judge: ‘Plausible’ case of discrimination of transgender man at Minnesota hospital

Friday, March 20, 2015
airview Southdale Hospital, Edina, Minn.
Jakob Rumble, who's identified in court records as a transgender man, said his gender identity was disregarded when he went to the emergency room at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. ...

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Plaque at Minneapolis City Hall will commemorate first same-sex unions

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Minneapolis City Hall
A new plaque at Minneapolis City Hall that commemorates the state's first legal same-sex marriages performed there in 2013 will be unveiled Thursday by Mayor Betsy Hodges. ...

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Man sentenced to 6 months for shooting couple with BB gun outside gay bar

Friday, November 28, 2014
Wayne Steven Odegard
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man who harassed customers outside a popular Minneapolis gay bar in September, and after yelling gay slurs, pulled out a CO2 powered BB gun and shot at a same-sex couple, has been sentenced to six months ...

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Gay couple shot by BB gun-wielding homophobe outside Minneapolis gay bar

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wayne Steven Odegard
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota man is facing charges after harassing customers outside a popular Minneapolis gay bar, and after yelling gay slurs, allegedly pulled out a CO2 powered BB gun and fired at a same-sex couple. ...

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Minn. newspaper under fire for running full-page anti-transgender ad

Monday, September 29, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's largest daily newspaper is under fire for running an anti-transgender advertisement in Sunday's edition that claimed boys may soon be allowed to shower with girls. The full page ad, paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, ...

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Anti-gay Archbishop under investigation for sexual misconduct with other men

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Archbishop John Nienstedt
John Nienstedt, the Catholic archbishop who championed the failed effort to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota, is facing a church investigation over allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with other men, including priests and seminary students. “I believe that the investigators ...

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At Minnesota’s Spirit on Lake, LGBT seniors find safe haven

Thursday, January 2, 2014
Ann Heisenfelt, APBarbara Satin (left), a 79-year-old transgender activist described by building residents as "the matriarch of Spirit on Lake," with resident Lucretia Kirby in her unit at Spirit on Lake in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS — Lucretia Kirby was on her own for the first time in years after her partner's death. She felt stranded in a church-affiliated assisted living facility, where she said bigotry and even physical threats were ignored by building managers. ...

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Anti-gay Catholic bishop steps aside under allegations of sexual abuse

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Archbishop John Nienstedt
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in 2010 advised a parishioner to reject her gay son or suffer eternal damnation, has stepped down from public ministry due to allegations that he inappropriately touched a young ...

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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for ...

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