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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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Conservative lobbying group pushes Republicans to back same-sex marriage

Saturday, April 27, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A national group of prominent GOP donors that supports same-sex marriage is pouring new money into lobbying efforts to get Republican lawmakers to vote to make it legal. [...]

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Minn. gubernatorial hopeful says he’ll support civil unions, not gay marriage

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Scott Honour
ST. PAUL, Minn. — An Orono, Minn., businessman angling to be the next governor of Minnesota, says he supports civil unions for gay couples but wouldn't back same-sex marriage if faced with a bill legalizing it. [...]

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Ex-Pawlenty aide urges GOP to back gay marriage or risk alienating young voters

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Brian McClung
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A former top aide to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday publicly urged Minnesota GOP legislators to back legalized same-sex marriage or risk alienating young voters. [...]

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DFL swing vote on Minn. same-sex marriage says he’ll support bill

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Kent Eken
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota state senator seen as a crucial swing vote on a proposed same-sex marriage bill said Monday he'll vote in favor of the measure. [...]

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NFL’s Chris Kluwe to serve as Grand Marshall at Twin Cities Pride

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will be Grand Marshall for the 2013 Twin Cities Pride Parade this summer, organizers have announced. [...]

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Hundreds of marriage equality supporters swarm Minn. state capitol

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Hundreds of gay marriage supporters swarmed the Minnesota state capitol on Thursday in hopes of winning over reluctant lawmakers for a lobby day sponsored by groups funding the gay marriage push. [...]

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Minn. gay marriage opponents take their case to rural communities

Friday, April 12, 2013
HINCKLEY, Minn. -- The chief political group opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota is taking its case on the road with a series of rallies across the state. [...]

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Group of Minn. House Democrats key to passage of same-sex marriage bill

Sunday, April 7, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When it comes to legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota, supporters have the appearance of momentum: voters rejected a constitutional ban last fall, public opinion shows growing approval and each day seems to bring another national politician flocking to their cause. [...]

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Alternative prom in St. Cloud caters to LGBT teens from across Minnesota

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Image: Showtime/Queer as Folk
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Gay and lesbian teens who may feel uncomfortable attending their high schools' traditional prom have another option — an alternative prom in the St. Cloud area that's open to LGBT teens from across the state. [...]

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Minn. Republicans introduce civil unions bill to derail gay marriage effort

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A group of Minnesota Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday to let gay couples join in civil unions, calling it an alternative to same-sex marriage that could end a corrosive fight on the issue. [...]

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