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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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Search fails to locate fugitive suspected of murdering former partner

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Police officers head back to the command center at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport as they search for fugitive Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Blaine, Minn. All gates to the airport were closed as authorities looked for Hoffman, accused of killing his ex-boyfriend last month.
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 [...]

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A Minnesota pastor’s pulpit: Not just your ordinary food truck

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Pastor Margaret Kelly runs a food truck ministry she calls "Shobi's Table" where she serving free calzones she makes from scratch and reads some Bible verses to those assembled on the sidewalk on Payne Avenue in St. Paul, on Thursday, August 14, 2014.
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 [...]

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Minn. lodge to pay for gay couple’s wedding after initially turning them away

Friday, August 22, 2014
Minnesota
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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