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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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Minn. state House passes anti-bullying measure; governor to sign bill today

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House voted early Wednesday to pass a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton to sign.

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Minn. Senate passes anti-bullying ‘Safe and Supportive Schools Act’

Friday, April 4, 2014
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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota state Senate voted Thursday to pass the “Safe and Supportive Schools Act,” a bill, which would require all Minnesota school districts to develop and enforce a plan to reduce bullying.

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Minn. Republicans decline to endorse state rep who voted for gay marriage

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Jenifer Loon
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Republican delegates in Eden Prairie have declined to endorse state Rep. Jenifer Loon, one of four House Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

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Minn. gay rights advocates lobby for state law protecting kids from bullying

Sunday, March 2, 2014
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Long before gay rights activists in Minnesota launched a successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage, they were aiming for another high-profile goal: a state law protecting children from school bullies.

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Minn. lawmakers who voted in favor of same-sex marriage raised more cash

Sunday, February 2, 2014
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.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers who took a political risk by supporting same-sex marriages have seen big increases in their campaign coffers.

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Kluwe talks allegations with Vikings investigators, identifies witnesses

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Chris Kluwe
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has met with investigators hired by the team to independently assess allegations that that he was released from the team due to his support for same-sex marriage.

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Lawmakers in Minn., N.Y., introduce bills to ban conversion therapy for minors

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Lawmakers in Minnesota and New York have introduced legislation to prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth.

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Minn. lawmakers plan renewed push at tougher anti-bullying bill

Monday, January 13, 2014
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are planning to try again this year to strengthen a state law aimed at preventing bullying in schools.

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Vikings to investigate allegations Kluwe was released over gay marriage support

Friday, January 3, 2014
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have retained a former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and a former federal trial attorney to conduct an investigation into Chris Kluwe's allegations that he was released from the team due to his support of gay marriage.

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Chris Kluwe: ‘I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot’

Thursday, January 2, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says his special teams coordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings, an allegation the coach "vehemently denies."

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