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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. GOP lawmakers denounce effort to legalize same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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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.

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BREAKING: Marriage equality bill unveiled at Minnesota state capitol

| Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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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.

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

| Monday, February 25, 2013
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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.

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

| Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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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.

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GOP lawmakers fear consequences over support for same-sex marriage

| Friday, February 15, 2013
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)
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.

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

| Thursday, February 14, 2013
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)
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.

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Minnesota marriage equality supporters to rally at state capitol

| Thursday, February 14, 2013
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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.

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Minnesota governor calls for marriage equality legislation this year

| Thursday, February 7, 2013
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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.

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Marriage amendment battle in Minnesota topped $18 million in 2012

| Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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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.

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LGBT-friendly Catholic denomination to ordain transgender priest

| Friday, January 18, 2013
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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...

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