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Minnesota is the 32nd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on May 11, 1858. Its most populous city is Minneapolis, and the state capitol is located in St. Paul.

LGBT Rights in Minnesota: Same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota on August 1, 2013, after a bill approved in the Legislature was signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on May 14, 2013. Six months earlier, voters rejected a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. State laws outlaw discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation and/or gender identity in housing, insurance, goods and services, contracts, health benefits, hospital visitation rights, and employment. Minnesota's hate crimes law includes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. State law allows single LGBT people to petition to adopt children, and there is no specific prohibition against joint same-sex couple adoption petitions or step-parent petitions for same-sex couples.

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Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights. Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next...

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Murder suspect is victim’s former partner in business and life

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Kelly Phillips
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- A Boston Scientific executive was shot and killed at a gas station in a Minneapolis suburb, and authorities were seeking a business partner of his. Kelly Phillips, 48, worked for the medical device company in its Arden Hills, Minnesota, office. The gas station where the shooting happened is about two blocks away.

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Minn. GOP lawmaker fends off challenge brought over vote for gay marriage

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Rep. Jenifer Loon (R), of Eden Prairie canvases her neighborhood as she prepares for the Republican primary in Eden Prairie, Minn. Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Loon faces challenger Shelia Kihne in the Republican primary election on August 12.
MINNEAPOLIS -- State Rep. Jenifer Loon, the second-ranking Republican in the Minnesota House, has survived a primary challenge brought on by her vote in favor of same-sex marriage. Loon's onetime campaign manager, Sheila Kihne, decided to run after Loon voted last year to legalize gay marriage. Kihne called the vote a flip-flop for Loon.

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Minn. No. 2 House Republican on ropes over vote for same-sex marriage

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Rep. Jenifer Loon (R), of Eden Prairie canvases her neighborhood as she prepares for the Republican primary in Eden Prairie, Minn. Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Loon faces challenger Shelia Kihne in the Republican primary election on August 12.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As second-in-command for Minnesota House Republicans, Rep. Jenifer Loon made a big gamble when she broke with her party's prevailing view on gay marriage. Loon's vote to make same-sex legal prompted her former campaign manager to try to take her seat, and Loon now faces a tough primary challenge to be decided in the Aug. 12 election.

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Minnesota, Rhode Island celebrate first anniversary of marriage equality

| Friday, August 1, 2014
Stacy Bengs, APMargaret Miles, right, celebrates with wife Cathy ten Broeke, left, after they were married at the Minneapolis Freedom to Marry Celebration and Weddings, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at the Minneapolis City Hall.
It's been a year since same-sex couples in Minnesota and Rhode Island gained the right to legally marry. The anniversary of the state allowing same-sex marriage arrived Friday. It was a quieter scene than last year when couples lined up to exchange vows at the stroke of midnight.

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Vikings hire prominent attorneys to help in settlement talks with Chris Kluwe

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have hired the attorney who investigated the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and another who played a prominent role in the fight for marriage equality to help in settlement talks with former punter Chris Kluwe. Ted Wells, whose investigation in Miami found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent ...

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Lawmakers want Vikings to give Priefer stiffer penalty for anti-gay remarks

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Mike Priefer
MINNEAPOLIS -- More than a dozen Twin Cities lawmakers are calling on the Minnesota Vikings to impose stiffer penalties on special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who admitted making anti-gay remarks in a conversation with former punter Chris Kluwe. The Vikings announced July 18 that Priefer would be suspended without pay for three games this season ...

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Kluwe threatens to sue Vikings over allegations of anti-gay conduct

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue the team over allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach, his lawyer said Tuesday. Attorney Clayton Halunen said they'll seek a copy of the Vikings' internal investigation and make it public if they can. They accused the Vikings of reneging on a pledge to release the report...

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

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | 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 have received about ten sworn statements alleging sexual impropriety ...

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Minn. county issues more same-sex marriage licenses to N.D. couples

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Nearly two times as many same-sex couples from North Dakota have filed for marriage licenses across the border in Clay County than Minnesotans have. Deputy Recorder Lisa Kunze says 40 of the 68 same-sex marriage licenses filed in the county have been between two North Dakotans.

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