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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. marriage equality bill survives GOP lawmakers’ move to block

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposal to allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota survived several moves by Senate Republicans Wednesday to block it, an early signal the measure likely has enough votes to pass on the floor.

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Minn. state House committee approves same-sex marriage bill

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota House committee moments ago voted to advance a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.

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Minnesota Senate committee advances same-sex marriage bill

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota Senate committee has voted to advance a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure by a vote of 5-3.

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‘Concerned father and husband’ testifies same-sex marriage will spread AIDS

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Mike Frey, a self-described "concerned Minnesotan father and husband," testified before a Minnesota state House committee hearing on a proposed same-sex marriage bill, and offered a jaw-dropping, graphic lesson in anal sex, concluding that same-sex marriage would lead to the spread of AIDS, resulting in a "health risk to the society at large."

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Minn. committees hear emotional testimony on same-sex marriage bill

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A mother's voice tearfully trembled as she spoke of seeing her gay son marry one day. A child plainly asked Minnesota lawmakers: "Which parent do I not need, my mom or my dad?"

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Former Minn. lawmaker say she regrets vote for gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former Minnesota state lawmaker on Tuesday said she has always regretted her vote for a constitutional amendment that would have limited marriage to one man and one woman.

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Minnesota lawmaker’s ‘gay lifestyle’ aside stuns peers

| Monday, March 11, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota lawmaker opposed to same-sex marriage has caused another stir with comments some regarded as inflammatory.

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Same-sex marriage bill has votes to clear first hurdle in Minn. House

| Thursday, March 7, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota has enough votes to clear one of its first legislative hurdles, over protests from opponents.

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Top Minn. College Republican backs same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The two-term chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans on Wednesday became the latest from his party to support legalizing gay marriage in the state.

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

| Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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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.

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