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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. 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
Jim Mone, APChris Kluwe
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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At Minnesota’s Spirit on Lake, LGBT seniors find safe haven

| Thursday, January 2, 2014
Ann Heisenfelt, APBarbara Satin (left), a 79-year-old transgender activist described by building residents as "the matriarch of Spirit on Lake," with resident Lucretia Kirby in her unit at Spirit on Lake in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS — Lucretia Kirby was on her own for the first time in years after her partner's death. She felt stranded in a church-affiliated assisted living facility, where she said bigotry and even physical threats were ignored by building managers.

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Anti-gay Catholic bishop steps aside under allegations of sexual abuse

| Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Archbishop John Nienstedt
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in 2010 advised a parishioner to reject her gay son or suffer eternal damnation, has stepped down from public ministry due to allegations that he inappropriately touched a young boy on the buttocks during a photo session a year earlier.

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