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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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Hundreds of marriage equality supporters swarm Minn. state capitol

Thursday, April 18, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Minn. GOP lawmaker says he’ll push civil unions as alternative to gay marriage

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. --- A Republican state lawmaker is introducing a bill to establish civil unions for Minnesota gay couples as an alternative to legalizing same-sex marriage.

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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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