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‘Baker v. Nelson’ same-sex marriage pioneer hails U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Sunday, June 28, 2015
In this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis. The couple was blocked from getting a license which prompted a lawsuit that was ultimately rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 in Baker v. Nelson. Four decades later, the couple is still together in Minneapolis as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 26, 2015 that marriage equality is a constitutional right.
A Minnesota man who fought for his own same-sex marriage more than 40 years ago is celebrating the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country. ...

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Report: Former Twin Cities archbishop tried to limit probe into sexual misconduct

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Former St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt
The former archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Rev. John Nienstedt, interfered with an investigation by an outside law firm into allegations of his misconduct. ...

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EEOC files discrimination lawsuit on behalf of transgender employee

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Deluxe Corp. in Shoreview, Minn.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit Friday against Shoreview-based Deluxe Financial Services Corp. ...

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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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Marriage News Watch: May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015
Todd, left, and Jeff Delmay, celebrate as they leave the courthouse after having attended a hearing in which a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge cleared the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Miami.
Texas lawmakers vote this week on whether the state should officially defy the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage, while Alabama and Minnesota are debating bills to undermine marriage equality. ...

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Minnesota high school students protest conversion therapy billboard

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Students protest a gay conversion therapy billboard in Minnesota.
High school students stood on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol to protest a billboard in their town promoting gay conversion therapy. ...

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Minnesota state Senate shoots down bathroom restrictions for transgender students

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Senate has shot down a move to restrict transgender students' access to school restrooms and locker rooms. ...

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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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Minnesota GOP lawmakers want to undo transgender student athletics rule

Monday, March 9, 2015
Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul.
More than 20 Republican legislators want to undo a state high school league vote allowing transgender students from playing on girls' sports teams. ...

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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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