Minnesota

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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Tim Faust

Another previously undecided Minn. lawmaker says he’ll support marriage equality bill

Monday, May 6, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Democratic state representative, who's also a Lutheran pastor, says he'll vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. [ Read more → ]
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Minn. House panel to review impact of marriage bill on state’s general fund

Monday, May 6, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The bill to make same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota is getting a last-minute committee hearing in the Minnesota House. [ Read more → ]
Joe Radinovich will vote "yes" on Minn. gay marriage bill.

Undecided lawmakers take opposite sides on Minn. marriage equality bill

Friday, May 3, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two freshman Democratic state representatives from socially conservative districts took opposite sides in their support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota, the latest among undecided lawmakers weighing their personal feelings against their political future. [ Read more → ]
John Kriesel

Former GOP lawmaker, Iraq war veteran featured in Minn. gay marriage ads

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Building off the growing momentum across Minnesota to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in 2013, Minnesotans United on Tuesday announced the release of a new broadcast television ad featuring former Minnesota State Representative, Republican, and Iraq War veteran John Kriesel. [ Read more → ]
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With R.I. a done deal, focus shifts to gay marriage bills in six other states

Monday, April 29, 2013
With Rhode Island poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage following a key vote in the state’s General Assembly scheduled for Thursday, supporters of marriage equality are shifting their focus to other states. [ Read more → ]
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Conservative lobbying group pushes Republicans to back same-sex marriage

Saturday, April 27, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A national group of prominent GOP donors that supports same-sex marriage is pouring new money into lobbying efforts to get Republican lawmakers to vote to make it legal. [ Read more → ]
Scott Honour

Minn. gubernatorial hopeful says he’ll support civil unions, not gay marriage

Thursday, April 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — An Orono, Minn., businessman angling to be the next governor of Minnesota, says he supports civil unions for gay couples but wouldn't back same-sex marriage if faced with a bill legalizing it. [ Read more → ]
Brian McClung

Ex-Pawlenty aide urges GOP to back gay marriage or risk alienating young voters

Thursday, April 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A former top aide to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday publicly urged Minnesota GOP legislators to back legalized same-sex marriage or risk alienating young voters. [ Read more → ]
Kent Eken

DFL swing vote on Minn. same-sex marriage says he’ll support bill

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota state senator seen as a crucial swing vote on a proposed same-sex marriage bill said Monday he'll vote in favor of the measure. [ Read more → ]
Chris Kluwe

NFL’s Chris Kluwe to serve as Grand Marshall at Twin Cities Pride

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will be Grand Marshall for the 2013 Twin Cities Pride Parade this summer, organizers have announced. [ Read more → ]
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Hundreds of marriage equality supporters swarm Minn. state capitol

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Hundreds of gay marriage supporters swarmed the Minnesota state capitol on Thursday in hopes of winning over reluctant lawmakers for a lobby day sponsored by groups funding the gay marriage push. [ Read more → ]
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Minn. gay marriage opponents take their case to rural communities

Friday, April 12, 2013
HINCKLEY, Minn. -- The chief political group opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota is taking its case on the road with a series of rallies across the state. [ Read more → ]
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Group of Minn. House Democrats key to passage of same-sex marriage bill

Sunday, April 7, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When it comes to legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota, supporters have the appearance of momentum: voters rejected a constitutional ban last fall, public opinion shows growing approval and each day seems to bring another national politician flocking to their cause. [ Read more → ]
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Alternative prom in St. Cloud caters to LGBT teens from across Minnesota

Thursday, April 4, 2013
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Gay and lesbian teens who may feel uncomfortable attending their high schools' traditional prom have another option — an alternative prom in the St. Cloud area that's open to LGBT teens from across the state. [ Read more → ]
Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul.

Minn. Republicans introduce civil unions bill to derail gay marriage effort

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A group of Minnesota Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday to let gay couples join in civil unions, calling it an alternative to same-sex marriage that could end a corrosive fight on the issue. [ Read more → ]
Tim Kelly

Minn. GOP lawmaker says he’ll push civil unions as alternative to gay marriage

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. --- A Republican state lawmaker is introducing a bill to establish civil unions for Minnesota gay couples as an alternative to legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Minn. marriage equality bill survives GOP lawmakers’ move to block

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposal to allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota survived several moves by Senate Republicans Wednesday to block it, an early signal the measure likely has enough votes to pass on the floor. [ Read more → ]
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Minn. state House committee approves same-sex marriage bill

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota House committee moments ago voted to advance a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Minnesota Senate committee advances same-sex marriage bill

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota Senate committee has voted to advance a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure by a vote of 5-3. [ Read more → ]
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‘Concerned father and husband’ testifies same-sex marriage will spread AIDS

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Mike Frey, a self-described "concerned Minnesotan father and husband," testified before a Minnesota state House committee hearing on a proposed same-sex marriage bill, and offered a jaw-dropping, graphic lesson in anal sex, concluding that same-sex marriage would lead to the spread of AIDS, resulting in a "health risk to the society at large." [ Read more → ]
Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul.

Minn. committees hear emotional testimony on same-sex marriage bill

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A mother's voice tearfully trembled as she spoke of seeing her gay son marry one day. A child plainly asked Minnesota lawmakers: "Which parent do I not need, my mom or my dad?" [ Read more → ]
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Former Minn. lawmaker say she regrets vote for gay marriage ban

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former Minnesota state lawmaker on Tuesday said she has always regretted her vote for a constitutional amendment that would have limited marriage to one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
Glenn Gruenhagen

Minnesota lawmaker’s ‘gay lifestyle’ aside stuns peers

Monday, March 11, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota lawmaker opposed to same-sex marriage has caused another stir with comments some regarded as inflammatory. [ Read more → ]
Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul.

Same-sex marriage bill has votes to clear first hurdle in Minn. House

Thursday, March 7, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota has enough votes to clear one of its first legislative hurdles, over protests from opponents. [ Read more → ]
Ryan Lyk

Top Minn. College Republican backs same-sex marriage

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The two-term chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans on Wednesday became the latest from his party to support legalizing gay marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]
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