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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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As Minn. readies for gay marriage, watch the first gay wedding – from 42 years ago

| Tuesday, July 30, 2013
R. Bertraine Heine, Minnesota Historical Society/APIn this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis.
At midnight on Thursday, August 1, when Minnesota becomes the 12th U.S. state where same-sex marriage is legal, at least one Minneapolis couple will not be saying their vows. They already did -- 42 years ago.

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As more states legalize gay marriage, couples consider renewing vows

| Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Jim Mone, APMaggie George (left) and Rebecca Voelkel pose with their six-year-old daughter Shannon at their Minneapolis home. Maggie and Rebecca have married each other twice, first ceremonially in their Minneapolis church in 2006, then legally while visiting San Francisco five years ago. Now the couple is mulling whether to do it all again - or to simply sleep through it - when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota this week.
Maggie George and Rebecca Voelkel have married each other twice, first ceremonially in their Minneapolis church in 2006, then legally while visiting San Francisco five years ago. Now the couple is mulling whether to do it all again — or to simply sleep through it — when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota this week.

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Mall of America’s Chapel of Love to perform same-sex weddings

| Saturday, July 27, 2013
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Chapel of Love at the Mall of America will perform its first same-sex wedding the minute gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota.

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President of prominent Minn. Catholic high school comes out as gay, resigns

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The president of a prominent Minnesota Catholic high school has resigned after he informed other school officials that he is in a same-sex relationship.

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Minneapolis mayor plans to officiate city’s first same-sex weddings

| Thursday, June 27, 2013
Jerry Holt, Star-Tribune/APMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak introduces the first two same-sex couples that will be married at City Hall this summer, Jeff Isaacson left and his partner Al Giraud, and Cathy Ten Broeke and her partner Margaret Miles.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to marry same-sex couples at City Hall the minute it becomes legal this summer, he said Thursday.

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Poll: Minnesotans still split on support for marriage equality

| Thursday, June 20, 2013
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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just weeks before a new law takes effect that will legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota, voters are still almost evenly divided on the issue, according to a new poll.

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Minnesota begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, June 6, 2013
Jim Mone, APAl Giraud, right, and Jeff Isaacson, were the first same-sex couple to receive their marriage license at the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS — A couple for 11 years already, Jeff Isaacson and Al Giraud of Minneapolis were first in line Thursday morning to receive a Hennepin County marriage license under Minnesota's new law allowing gay couples to wed.

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Hennepin revises marriage licenses as Minn. prepares for gay unions

| Friday, May 31, 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's largest county is getting ready to start taking applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples.

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NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he’s ‘not with’ gay marriage

| Monday, May 27, 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS -- NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he has family members who are gay whom he loves and respects. But on gay marriage, the Minnesota Vikings running back says "that's not something I believe in."

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Minn. group spent $2M lobbying for same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The group that pushed Minnesota lawmakers to legalize gay marriage invested more than $2 million in its successful lobbying effort.

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