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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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St. Paul school district to begin working on ‘gender inclusion’ policy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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Some of the main provisions call for students to be identified by their preferred names and gender pronouns, and participate in programs and activities that align with their gender identity. [...]

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Minnesota high school sports league approves transgender athlete policy

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Minnesota State High School League legal counsel, Kevin Beck, second from left, and Patrick Kelly, left, confer during a meeting at the headquarters of the Minnesota State High School League in Brooklyn Center, Minn. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Minnesota's high school sports league passed a set of guidelines for transgender student-athletes on Thursday, bringing months of fevered debate to a close. Dozens of supporters and proponents packed the Minnesota Sports High School League's boardroom, hoping for one last chance to sway members ... [...]

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Minnesota high school sports league to vote on transgender athlete policy

Thursday, December 4, 2014
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota’s high school sports league will soon vote on new guidelines for transgender students to participate in sports. The Minnesota State High School League is expected to vote Thursday morning on the controversial policy. An avalanche of strong reaction from both sides delayed a vote on [...]

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