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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Jim Mone, APMinn. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the marriage equality bill into law on May 14. The law goes into effect at Midnight, August 1.

Gay weddings planned for midnight as marriage equality comes to Minn.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dozens of Minnesota gay couples made last-minute preparations Wednesday for midnight marriages, determined to exchange vows at the earliest possible moment under a new state law legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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.

As Minn. readies for gay marriage, watch the first gay wedding – from 42 years ago

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
At midnight on Thursday, August 1, when Minnesota becomes the 12th U.S. state where same-sex marriage is legal, at least one Minneapolis couple will not be saying their vows. They already did -- 42 years ago. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, APMaggie George (left) and Rebecca Voelkel pose with their six-year-old daughter Shannon at their Minneapolis home. Maggie and Rebecca have married each other twice, first ceremonially in their Minneapolis church in 2006, then legally while visiting San Francisco five years ago. Now the couple is mulling whether to do it all again - or to simply sleep through it - when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota this week.

As more states legalize gay marriage, couples consider renewing vows

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Maggie George and Rebecca Voelkel have married each other twice, first ceremonially in their Minneapolis church in 2006, then legally while visiting San Francisco five years ago. Now the couple is mulling whether to do it all again — or to simply sleep through it — when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota this week. [ Read more → ]

Mall of America’s Chapel of Love to perform same-sex weddings

Saturday, July 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Chapel of Love at the Mall of America will perform its first same-sex wedding the minute gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota. [ Read more → ]
William Hudson

President of prominent Minn. Catholic high school comes out as gay, resigns

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The president of a prominent Minnesota Catholic high school has resigned after he informed other school officials that he is in a same-sex relationship. [ Read more → ]
Jerry Holt, Star-Tribune/APMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak introduces the first two same-sex couples that will be married at City Hall this summer, Jeff Isaacson left and his partner Al Giraud, and Cathy Ten Broeke and her partner Margaret Miles.

Minneapolis mayor plans to officiate city’s first same-sex weddings

Thursday, June 27, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to marry same-sex couples at City Hall the minute it becomes legal this summer, he said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, APGay marriage supporters outside the Minn. state capitol on May 14 to witness Gov. Mark Dayton sign the marriage equality bill into law.

Poll: Minnesotans still split on support for marriage equality

Thursday, June 20, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just weeks before a new law takes effect that will legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota, voters are still almost evenly divided on the issue, according to a new poll. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, APAl Giraud, right, and Jeff Isaacson, were the first same-sex couple to receive their marriage license at the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday.

Minnesota begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, June 6, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — A couple for 11 years already, Jeff Isaacson and Al Giraud of Minneapolis were first in line Thursday morning to receive a Hennepin County marriage license under Minnesota's new law allowing gay couples to wed. [ Read more → ]

Hennepin revises marriage licenses as Minn. prepares for gay unions

Friday, May 31, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's largest county is getting ready to start taking applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he’s ‘not with’ gay marriage

Monday, May 27, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he has family members who are gay whom he loves and respects. But on gay marriage, the Minnesota Vikings running back says "that's not something I believe in." [ Read more → ]

Minn. group spent $2M lobbying for same-sex marriage

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The group that pushed Minnesota lawmakers to legalize gay marriage invested more than $2 million in its successful lobbying effort. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mark Dayton

BREAKING: Minn. governor signs marriage equality bill — ‘Love is the law’

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Governor Mark Dayton has signed the state's marriage equality bill into law, making Minnesota the 12th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Gay marriage sponsors Rep. Karen Clark, right, and Sen. Scott Dibble celebrate after the Minnesota House passed the gay marriage bill on May 9. The two openly gay  Minnesota state lawmakers, who respectively sponsored the measure in the state House and Senate, will witness Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton sign the bill in a ceremony on Tuesday on the front steps of Minnesota’'s Capitol.Photo: Jim Mone, AP

As signing ceremony approaches, Minn. marriage bill sponsors say ‘It’s personal’

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When Gov. Mark Dayton adds his signature to the bill legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota later Tuesday, its two main sponsors will stand triumphantly beside him admiring the fruits of their long and often demoralizing struggle for gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Scott Dibble, an openly gay lawmaker who sponsored the Senate's marriage equality bill, throws a kiss toward the gallery as the Senate prepared to debate the issue on Monday.Photo: Jim Mone, AP

Minn. governor to sign bill legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With marriages to be available for Minnesota's gay couples starting Aug. 1, Duluth residents Gary Anderson and Gary Boelhower are getting ready to do something that seemed impossible when they started dating three years ago: plan a wedding. [ Read more → ]
Rainbow pride flags adorned the Wabasha Street Bridge in St. Paul on Monday.

St. Paul, Minn., to throw party to celebrate passage of gay marriage law

Monday, May 13, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The city of St. Paul is ready to throw a party to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota. [ Read more → ]
Thousands filled the Minnesota State Capitol as they waited for word that the Senate had passed the gay marriage bill Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn.Photo: Jim Mone, AP

BREAKING: Minn. to become 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, May 13, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Senate voted moments ago to legalize same-sex marriage, the last legislative step before Gov. Mark Dayton's promised signature will make the state the 12th in the U.S. to do so. [ Read more → ]
Wabasha Street Bridge Star-Tribune

St. Paul mayor proclaims ‘Freedom to Marry Week,’ renames downtown bridge

Monday, May 13, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Anticipating a vote in the Minnesota state Senate today that would legalize same-sex marriage, St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman on Monday morning proclaimed “Freedom to Marry Week” in St. Paul and temporarily renamed a downtown bridge the “Freedom to Marry Bridge.” [ Read more → ]
Supporters and opponents of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather in the State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul as the Senate prepared to take up the issue, Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. Photo: Jim Mone, AP

UPDATED: Minn. lawmakers prepare for final vote on marriage equality bill

Monday, May 13, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Minnesota taped blue and orange hearts Monday onto the state Capitol steps, creating a path into the building for lawmakers preparing an afternoon vote on whether to allow same-sex weddings starting in August. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: Minn. House approves same-sex marriage bill

Thursday, May 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A pivotal vote Thursday in the Minnesota House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature. [ Read more → ]

Crowd of demonstrators grows at Minn. capitol ahead of marriage vote

Thursday, May 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Hundreds of people on both sides of the gay marriage issue are expressing their viewpoints at the Minnesota Capitol where the House is expected to cast a historic vote on legislation legalizing same-gender unions. [ Read more → ]
Rachel Ford cheers during a rally supporting a same-sex marriage bill in Minnesota on the steps of the State Capitol  in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday May 8, 2013. The Minnesota House is scheduled to debate and vote Thursday on a measure that would make the state the 12th in the country to allow gay marriage. Photo: Andy Clayton King, AP

UPDATED: Minnesota House stands ready to vote on same-sex marriage bill

Thursday, May 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A gay Minnesota lawmaker leading the push to legalize same-sex weddings in the state told colleagues Thursday that gay couples "contribute to the same Minnesota system as everyone else" and deserve the right to be married. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, AP

Proposed change in Minn. gay marriage bill could encourage GOP support

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The leader of the group lobbying to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota said Wednesday he supports a proposed change to the bill that could make it easier for Republicans to support. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota appears poised to be next state to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota appears poised to legalize same-sex marriage, as the Democratic speaker of the state House said Tuesday that a marriage equality bill endorsed by the governor and likely to pass in the state Senate also now has enough backing in his chamber. [ Read more → ]

UPDATED: Marriage equality bill on the move again at Minn. state capitol

Monday, May 6, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The second-to-last week of Minnesota's legislative session started Monday with attention growing around the definition of marriage, as the bill to open it up to same-sex couples headed into what could be a pivotal week at the Capitol. [ Read more → ]
Chris Kluwe

LGBT ally, marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe cut by Minnesota Vikings

Monday, May 6, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken ally and supporter of same-sex marriage, said Monday he has been released by the team. [ Read more → ]
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