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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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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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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

Friday, October 25, 2013
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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
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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
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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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