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Gay Marriage Was Minnesota’s Top Story Of 2013

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples married in Minnesota, beginning at the stroke of midnight on Aug. 1. A cultural shift culminated when Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles became the first of 67 couples to marry at Minneapolis City Hall with Mayor R.T. Rybak presiding.

12/26/2013

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House GOP Marriage Equality Backer Won’t Run Again

A Republican state representative who broke with most in her party to support legalizing gay marriage says she won’t run for re-election next year. Rep. Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury said in a prepared statement that she was honored to serve but that she never intended the Legislature to be her career.

11/07/2013

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Gay Marriage Law Causes Prisoner Dilemma

Three same-sex couples in state custody as sex offenders are seeking marriage licenses under Minnesota’s gay marriage law. The new law is causing thorny questions for state officials who supervise incarcerated people.

09/09/2013

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Minneapolis Mayor Brings Gay Marriage Pitch To Wis.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants same-sex couples in Wisconsin to get married in Minnesota.

09/09/2013

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Gay Marriage Licenses Ran High In St. Louis County

St. Louis County saw the fourth-highest demand for marriage licenses by gay couples in the first month they were allowed to wed in Minnesota. The county had 69 same-sex couples apply for licenses in August.

09/09/2013

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Minneapolis Mayor To Illinois Gays: Marry Up North

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he hopes Illinois lawmakers legalize same-sex marriage but in the meantime he wants gay and lesbian couples to get married in his city — and spend lots of money on their weddings.

09/05/2013

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Mayor Invites Illinois Gay Couples To Wed In Minn.

With all of Illinois’ financial woes, residents have grown accustomed to politicians from other states trying to raid its companies, jobs and best workers. Now one of them is making a similar pitch to the state’s gay couples: Come north to get married, and spend lots of money.

09/04/2013

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Minn. Sees Rush In Gay Couples To Get Marriage Licenses

Same-sex couples have obtained nearly 1 of every 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they got the legal right to wed. That’s the finding of a statewide survey by The Associated Press of the earliest impact of the new gay marriage law. It shows that at least 1,640 gay couples plan to get married.

09/02/2013

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MN Now Has One Of Its First Same-Sex Divorces

It wasn’t just same-sex marriage that became legal last week, so did same-sex divorce. “To me, it was like going to Vegas — you go in, you get your piece of paper,” Dawn Tuckner said. “You come home, you have no rights.”

08/06/2013

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Maple Grove Man Charged For Vandalizing Pro Gay Marriage Church

A 45-year-old Maple Grove man has been charged with vandalizing a Maple Grove church, writing anti-gay marriage slogans and bible verses on the building. Lonny Lloyd Roseland, who’s wheelchair-bound, was charged with third-degree damage to property and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanor offenses.

08/06/2013

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A Full Recap Of The 1st Historic Same-Sex Weddings

What a difference a year makes. Last fall, we were talking about an amendment to ban same-sex marriages. Now, they’re official. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak married a total of 46 couples overnight in a marathon session starting when the law became official at 12:01 a.m. — and ending around 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning.

08/01/2013

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Marriage Equality Foes Say Their Fight Is Not Over

Opponents of gay marriage say they are not giving up. As many same-sex couples legally tied the knot on Thursday, they announced a major initiative to oust Minnesota House members who voted for legalizing marriage equality.

08/01/2013

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Gay Marriage Comes To Small Towns In MN As Well

Small-town Minnesota residents are getting a look at the state under its new gay marriage law as weddings break out far from the metropolitan area where support was strongest for the change.

08/01/2013

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Gay Couples Rush To Wed Under New Minn. Law

Dozens of gay couples began tying the knot early Thursday morning at Minneapolis City Hall as Minnesota became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage.

08/01/2013

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Flashback: Gay Marriage Timeline In Minnesota

While Thursday marked a day of celebration for many same-sex couples, the journey toward legal marriage equality in Minnesota hasn’t been an easy one. For many, it’s been a lifetime struggle.

08/01/2013

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Same-Sex Marriages Also Begin In Rhode Island

Same-sex marriages began in Rhode Island on Thursday, as local officials for the first time issued marriage licenses to gay couples who wish to wed in the state. Gay marriage became legal in Rhode Island and Minnesota at 12:01 a.m.

08/01/2013

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Mayor Rybak Officiates 46 Weddings In 6 Hours

Sixty-three same sex couples will legally marry at Minneapolis City Hall beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

07/31/2013

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Reality Check: Economic Impact Of Same Sex Marriage

Depending on your views, same sex marriage may — or may not — change the face of Minnesota. But based what has happened in other states, same sex marriage could have an important economic impact.

07/31/2013

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1 Same-Sex Couple Has Waited 38 Years To Say ‘I Do’

In just about seven hours, same-sex couples will be able to legally marry in Minnesota. And dozens of couples have decided not to put it off and are getting married right after midnight.

07/31/2013

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Minnesota Less Than 24 Hours Away From Gay Marriage

In less than 24 hours, same-sex couples can legally get married in Minnesota. Some couples are not wasting any time. They are getting married at 12:01 Thursday morning. It will be a busy night both in Minneapolis and St. Paul as both cities have large events planned.

07/31/2013

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Target Field Kiss Cam….Should They Show Gay Couples On Thursday?

Should Gay Couples be shown on the KISS CAM?

07/30/2013

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Gay Couples Choosing Whether To Re-Celebrate Vows

Thursday will bring a new opportunity for gay couples in Minnesota and Rhode Island to throw weddings for the first time, though some will automatically be married when the clock strikes midnight.

07/30/2013

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General Mills Donates Wedding Cakes To Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples are just a few days away from being able to be legally wed in Minnesota, and one area business is offering some of those couples wedding cakes free of charge. Minnesota-based General Mills will be donating cakes for some couples.

07/30/2013

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A Rare Glimpse At Minn.’s 1st Gay Wedding In 1971

At midnight this Wednesday, Minnesota becomes the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. It’s been a lifetime struggle for many, including one Minneapolis couple who are believed to be the first gay couple in the United States to be married – 42 years ago. The demonstrators who fought to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota owe a debt to this Minneapolis couple who now shun publicity, but who once shocked the nation into awareness.

07/29/2013

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Reality Check: How Many Gay Couples Are In MN?

Despite all the hoopla surrounding Aug. 1, when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota, we wondered: How many gay couples are here? Until 2000, the US Census Bureau didn’t even count same sex couples. Now, the government reports more gay households than ever before, including Minnesota.

07/29/2013

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