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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Steve Simon

‘How many gay people must God create before we accept that he wants them around?’

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Minnesota state Rep. Steve Simon (D-St. Louis Park) testified before House committee on Monday against a bill that would seek voter approval to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota House committee approves anti-gay marriage amendment

Monday, May 2, 2011
A Minnesota state House committee on Monday voted to advance a bill that would seek voter approval to amend the state constitution to restrict marriage to one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]

Straight, Republican constituent testifies against Minnesota ban on gay marriage

Monday, May 2, 2011
Madeline Koch, a self-identified heterosexual Republican, testified on Friday before the Minnesota Senate committee to oppose amending the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota advances bill to amend state constitution to ban gay marriage

Friday, April 29, 2011
A Minnesota state Senate panel on Friday advanced a bill that would seek voter approval to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota GOP seeking constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate announced on Tuesday a bill that would seek voter approval amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Judge: LGBT activist group can canvass outside Target stores

Friday, April 8, 2011
A San Diego court ruled Thursday that the grass-roots activist group Canvass for a Cause (CFAC) can continue its canvassing outside Target stores. [ Read more → ]
Lance Lundsten

Bullied Minnesota teen’s death officially ruled a suicide

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The mystery surrounding the January death of Lance Lundsten, the Minnesota teen whose controversial death sparked renewed conversation about bullying and teen suicide across the nation, has finally been revealed. [ Read more → ]

Target revises policy on political donations, but little has changed

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Target has revised its policy on political contributions, following a furor that arose last year when it was revealed the retailer had donated money to a political action group that supported an anti-gay candidate for for Minnesota governor. [ Read more → ]

School district will allow lesbian teens to participate in pep rally together

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Less than 24 hours after filing a lawsuit against their high school for preventing them from participating as a same-sex couple at an upcoming school assembly, two lesbian teens have been granted permission to walk together in the event processional. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian teens sue after blocked from entering pep rally as same-sex couple

Saturday, January 29, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two lesbian teens are suing Champlin Park High School and the state's largest school district for preventing them from participating as a same-sex couple at an upcoming school assembly. [ Read more → ]
Lance Lundsten

Bullied gay teen in Minnesota commits suicide

Monday, January 17, 2011
We’ve lost another beautiful life to bullying. Lance Lundsten, 18, an openly gay student at Jefferson High School, took his life over the weekend. Friends say that Lance suffered extreme bullying and harassment for years. [ Read more → ]

Police investigating homicide of transgender person in Minneapolis

Friday, January 14, 2011
Minneapolis police are investigating the homicide of a 45-year-old transgender person was found stabbed to death Tuesday in her apartment. The medical examiner has identified the victim as Christopher P. Bates, whom friends and neighbors knew as Chrissy. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Target continued to fund anti-gay candidates even after CEO apology

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Earlier this year, Target Corporation came under fire from LGBT activist groups when it was revealed they had donated money to a political action group that supported Tom Emmer's bid for Minnesota governor, prompting an apology from Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel. Emmer, you might recall,... [ Read more → ]
Emmer (left) and Dayton

Emmer concedes Minnesota race; Dayton to be first Democratic Governor in 20 years

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Republican Tom Emmer, a staunch opponent of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, has finally conceded defeat to Democrat Mark Dayton in Minnesota's governor race -- Dayton will become Minnesota's first Democratic governor in more than 20 years. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage supporters denied Communion for wearing rainbow sash

Sunday, October 31, 2010
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A group of Catholics were denied communion at a Mass at the St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday because they wore rainbow sashes to draw attention to the catholic church's policy on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Tom Emmer

Target, Best Buy’s pick for MN governor won’t support anti-bullying legislation

Monday, October 11, 2010
The national debate over bullying entered the Minnesota governor's race Saturday during a televised debate in which Republican candidate Tom Emmer said that he would oppose legislation to combat school bullying against gay and lesbian young people. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota Archbishop denies Communion to gay, lesbian students

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
About 25 students from St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict say they were turned away from communion because they were wearing rainbow buttons that indication membership in, or solidarity with a gay and lesbian student group. Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Roman... [ Read more → ]

HRC penalizes Target, Best Buy in latest Corporate Equality Index rating

Monday, October 4, 2010
Retailers Target and Best Buy, along with 3M Corporation, all based in Minnesota, have been stripped of their perfect scores in the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2011 Corporate Equality Index. Now in its ninth year, the HRC assesses more than 30 specific policies and practices... [ Read more → ]
Archbishop John Nienstedt

MN Archdiocese sending anti-gay marriage DVD to 800,000 parishioners

Monday, September 20, 2010
Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, announced Monday that every Catholic in the state will be mailed a DVD defending marriage as between one man and one woman. [caption id="attachment_10743" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Nienstedt"][/caption] It's the latest effort to... [ Read more → ]

Catholic bishops, NOM continue assault on gay marriage efforts in Minnesota

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Some of Minnesota’s Catholic bishops are preparing a push against the legalization of same-sex marriage in the final two months of the 2010 campaign season. [caption id="attachment_10673" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Quinn"][/caption] While most Minnesota bishops have not yet made their plans public, Bishop John Quinn of... [ Read more → ]
HRC Logo

HRC pledges donation to offset Target support of anti-gay candidate

Saturday, September 11, 2010
The HRC pledged Friday to donate $150,000 to political causes in Minnesota to offset a donation by retail giant Target to MN Forward, a political group backing GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. [ Read more → ]

Target, Best Buy feel investor backlash over political donation

Friday, August 20, 2010
After weeks of public protest over its financial support of an organization that backed a GOP gubernatorial candidate opposed to gay rights, Target Corp. now faces a new form of pressure: shareholder demands that it revamp its donation process to avoid the chance of additional backfires. [ Read more → ]

Target rejects HRC call for ‘make it right’ donation to gay causes

Monday, August 16, 2010
Target Corp. said Monday it has no plans to donate money to gay-friendly causes to quiet the protests over a $150,000 donation that helped support a Minnesota governor candidate who opposes gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

LGBT groups turn up heat on Target; but is Best Buy getting off too easy?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
While the standoff between LGBT groups and Target stores heats up over a $150,000 political donation that helped fund an anti-gay candidate for Minnesota governor, Best Buy, who donated $100,000 to the same fund, has quietly escaped much of the protests and headlines. [ Read more → ]

‘Target’ political donation helps fund anti-gay candidate for Governor

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Target Corporation has come under fire from gay rights advocates and LGBT activists for contributing to Minnesota Forward, a political action group that has come out in support of anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. [ Read more → ]
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