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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VICTORIA, Minn. -- Embattled Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt has asked for the resignation of a popular music director at a Victoria, Minn., church because he married his longtime same-sex partner. Father Bob White, who leads St. Victoria Catholic Church, has notified parishioners that Nienstedt has asked for Jamie Moore's resignation... [...]
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man accused of fatally shooting his former boyfriend and business partner in suburban Minneapolis was arrested Thursday after a month on the run, when police responding to a suspicious person report found him on foot peering at a drive-thru menu in another suburb, police said.
BLAINE, Minn. -- Law officers returned to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport Tuesday, but an intensive daylong search failed to find a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend last month. The renewed search was prompted by an officer's early morning spotting of a man near the airport who may have resembled [...]
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There are a couple of clues that the mobile kitchen parked every Thursday at lunchtime on Payne Avenue on St. Paul's East Side this summer isn't just another food truck. First of all, the food -- hot calzones -- is free. And the person who drives [...]
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. The Minnesota Human Rights Department says Cole Frey and his fiance have settled their discrimination case against the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.