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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Student petitions governor, lawmakers to ban conversion therapy in Minnesota

| Monday, November 25, 2013
Alec Fischer
EDINA, Minn. -- An openly gay University of Minnesota political science major is spearheading a petition asking Minnesota's Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to pass a law in the upcoming 2014 legislative session that would ban "ex-gay" therapy for minors.

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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

JEFF SPITKO | | Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year.

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Minn. Catholic schools continue to grapple with how to approach gay rights

| Wednesday, September 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Recent remarks about inclusiveness by the new president of the University of St. Thomas have heartened gay and lesbian advocacy groups on the Roman Catholic campus, but recent departures of gay employees from a suburban Catholic high school left a different impression.

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Teacher fired from Catholic school after 18 years because she is gay

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
KARE-TVKristen Ostendorf
FRIDLEY, Minn. -- Another employee of a suburban Minneapolis Catholic high school was fired after it was disclosed that the individual is gay and in a same-sex relationship.

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Border wars: Minneapolis mayor brings gay marriage pitch to Wisconsin

| Monday, September 9, 2013
Gary Porter, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak unveils posters of a new ad campaign on Monday encouraging Wisconsin same-sex couples to come to Minneapolis to Marry.
MADISON, Wis. — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants same-sex couples in Wisconsin to get married next door in neighboring Minnesota.

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Minn. to allow high-security male sex offenders to marry eachother

| Monday, September 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota officials will allow sex offenders in the state's high-security treatment program to marry one another, a top official of the Minnesota Department of Human Services said Monday.

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Minneapolis mayor goes on the road to promote marriage equality in Minn.

| Wednesday, September 4, 2013
R.T. Rybak
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak is hitting the road to promote the state's new marriage equality law.

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Same-sex couples accounted for 1 in 3 marriage licenses in Minn. in August

| Monday, September 2, 2013
Stacy Bengs, APMargaret Miles, right, celebrates with wife Cathy ten Broeke, left, after they were married at the Minneapolis Freedom to Marry Celebration on Aug. 1.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Same-sex couples received nearly 1 in 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they were allowed to wed, The Associated Press found in a statewide survey of the first month's impact of the new marriage equality law.

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Minn. Supreme Court sides with HIV+ man who claimed he had consensual sex

| Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Hennepin County SheriffDaniel James Rick
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor's effort to reinstate the conviction of an HIV-positive man accused of passing the virus to another man, ruling Wednesday that the statute under which he was convicted was ambiguous.

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Transgender candidate from Minn. announces run for U.S. Congress

| Monday, August 12, 2013
Paula Overby
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A transgender woman from Minnesota has announced her bid for a seat in the U.S. House, representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District.

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