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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Poll: Majority of Minn. voters still oppose legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Just four months after Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a new poll finds that a majority of Minnesotans still oppose marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota House panel advances school anti-bullying bill

Friday, March 1, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota House committee has given its initial backing to a bill meant to crack down on bullying in schools. [ Read more → ]

Minn. GOP lawmakers denounce effort to legalize same-sex marriage

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Just hours after a marriage equality bill was unveiled at the Minnesota state capitol, a group of Republican lawmakers are calling for its defeat. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: Marriage equality bill unveiled at Minnesota state capitol

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Lawmakers formally launched a long-anticipated effort Wednesday to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota by summer, and gay couples and their small children crowded the kickoff news conference - an image meant to show family diversity already exists in the state. [ Read more → ]

NOM threatens GOP lawmakers in Minn. who vote for same-sex marriage

Monday, February 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The National Organization for Marriage on Monday said it will spend $500,000 to defeat Republican lawmakers in Minnesota who vote to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Branden Petersen

Minn. GOP senator hopes to convince colleagues to support same-sex marriage

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Republican state senator who supports legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota said Wednesday that he hopes to convince GOP colleagues to join him in abandoning the party's traditional stand on the issue. [ Read more → ]
Hundreds gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn., where supporters of gay marriage called for lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

GOP lawmakers fear consequences over support for same-sex marriage

Friday, February 15, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — As more state legislatures around the country consider whether to legalize same-sex weddings, an analysis of gay marriage votes in eight states shows that Republican lawmakers who backed it often faced consequences — including loss of their seats. [ Read more → ]
Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn., where supporters of gay marriage called for Minnesota lawmakers to legalize gay marriage. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Same-sex marriage supporters launch push in Minn. with rally at state capitol

Thursday, February 14, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Hundreds of gay marriage supporters packed Minnesota's Capitol rotunda on Thursday as they start a push for its legalization by the Legislature. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota marriage equality supporters to rally at state capitol

Thursday, February 14, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Supporters of gay marriage in Minnesota are holding a Valentine's Day rally at the Capitol as they start a push for its legalization by the Legislature. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota governor calls for marriage equality legislation this year

Thursday, February 7, 2013
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- In his annual State of the State address, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to put forward legislation this year that would legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Marriage amendment battle in Minnesota topped $18 million in 2012

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Last year's emotional campaign over a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota cost the two main competing groups a combined $18 million, according to campaign finance reports released Friday. [ Read more → ]
Shannon T.L. Kearns

LGBT-friendly Catholic denomination to ordain transgender priest

Friday, January 18, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- The North American Old Catholic Church, one of the largest Old Catholic bodies in the United States, announced it will ordain a transgender man into the priesthood on Saturday. Shannon T.L. Kearns will be tasked with starting a new Minneapolis parish, the House... [ Read more → ]
Scott Dibble

Minnesota lawmaker to take the lead on same-sex marriage bill this session

Friday, January 4, 2013
An openly gay lawmaker in Minnesota said he will take the lead in the state Senate on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage during the 2013 legislative session. [ Read more → ]

Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 dwarfed those who opposed It

Thursday, December 13, 2012
The number of contributors who gave in support of marriage for gay and lesbian couples was thirteen times greater – about 133,000 compared to an estimated 10,500 - than those giving financial resources to oppose marriage equality, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign of donors to the four states with marriage equality on the ballot this year. [ Read more → ]

City council appoints Minneapolis’ first female, openly gay police chief

Monday, December 3, 2012
The Minneapolis city council on Friday confirmed 25-year veteran officer Janee Harteau as the city's new Chief of Police, and in doing so Harteau becomes the first woman and first openly gay officer to serve as police chief. [ Read more → ]
Lennon Cihak

Catholic teen denied Confirmation over pro-gay marriage Facebook post

Saturday, November 17, 2012
BARNESVILLE, Minn. -- A Catholic priest in Minnesota has denied Confirmation to a 17-year-old student after seeing a picture on his Facebook page last month which the teen in which he expressed opposition to the state's failed anti-gay marriage amendment. [ Read more → ]
The Vatican

Catholic Church spent $2 million fighting marriage equality this election cycle

Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy funneled $2 million into entirely unsuccessful efforts to advance discrimination against LGBT people in the four marriage ballot states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington this election cycle, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]

Marriage votes mark ‘watershed’ moment for LGBT equality

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Even the most jaded political pundits were stunned by the four stunning victories for marriage equality on the ballot Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota voters reject proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage in Minnesota as between one man and one woman, has been defeated. [ Read more → ]

Will election results make it be a banner day for marriage equality?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While voters across America have never approved of same-sex marriage at the ballot box, final polls in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington show that marriage equality is poised to make history today. [ Read more → ]

LGBT Hmong organization provides visibility, support in Minnesota

Sunday, November 4, 2012
As with many minority communities, there is pressure to protect the Hmong ethnic identity and culture. Being unable to continue the family name or contribute to one’s clan is seen as a threat to the Hmong’s very survival. For gay Hmong shunned from their clans or families, it can sometimes feel lonely... [ Read more → ]

Latest poll: Majority of Minnesota voters oppose marriage amendment

Sunday, November 4, 2012
The proposed Minnesota marriage amendment, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman, does not appear to have the support of a majority of voters, according to the final pre-election day poll by Public Policy Polling. [ Read more → ]
Chris Kluwe

Kluwe quits Pioneer Press blog in response to pro-marriage amendment editorial

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Minnesota Vikings punter and marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe announced Saturday he would no longer blog for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press after the newspaper published an editorial on a proposed marriage amendment that Kluwe called an "obfuscation and selected presentation of arguments." [ Read more → ]
Justin AabergFamily photo.

When will real change happen in Anoka-Hennepin schools?

Friday, November 2, 2012
Today -- over 2 years after that awful summer day when I first learned about the bullying and harassment that Justin faced in school on a continuous basis, and confronting the Anoka-Hennepin school board for my first time at a public meeting about what my son and other gay students like him have endured in the schools -- my family is still not able to heal the way we should have been able to... [ Read more → ]

Obama calls for support of state marriage equality ballot initiatives

Thursday, October 25, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday reaffirmed his support for marriage equality, and called on Americans to support the freedom to marry when they vote on ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington. [ Read more → ]
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