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Gov. Dayton Joins Others In Banning Nonessential State Travel To N. CarolinaMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is banning state employees from nonessential travel to North Carolina because of that state's new law limiting official protections for gays and lesbians and transgender people.
Ex-Gophers Lineman Tells Of Coming Out As Gay While At 'U'Luke McAvoy, a 6'5" Illinois native, shared his experience coming out on campus with Outsports.com on Wednesday from the perspective of someone who always wanted to play for a Big Ten team.
Family, Friends Remember MN Major Killed In AfghanistanA woman who grew up in the Twin Cities was one of six U.S. military members killed Monday in Afghanistan. Air Force Maj. Adrianna Vorderbruggen, originally from Plymouth, was killed when a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol near Bagram Airfield.
Plymouth Air Force Major Killed; One Of 1st Openly Gay In MilitaryAn Air Force major from Plymouth was one of seven service members killed by a suicide bomber Monday in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Maj. Adrianna Vorderbruggen, 36, was part of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Boy Scouts Executive Committee OKs Ending Ban On Gay LeadersThe executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue.
North Dakota Governor Wants Ban On Gay DiscriminationNorth Dakota's Republican governor on Thursday said state lawmakers missed an opportunity to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination when they failed for the third time in six years to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and employment based on sexual orientation.
Dayton Mulls Ban On State Travel To Indiana After New LawGov. Mark Dayton is considering a ban on state travel to Indiana after a religious freedom law there has faced sharp criticism. Opponents say the Indiana law is a thinly veiled attempt to legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians. Dayton says he abhors the law and supports those standing against it.
Iowa Senate OKs Bill To Ban Gay Conversion TherapyThe Senate has passed a bill that would ban mental health providers in Iowa from practicing therapy aimed at converting the sexual orientation of a minor. The Senate voted 26-24 Tuesday along a straight party line. It now heads to the House, where it's unclear what kind of support it will get.
Report: Plaintiffs In Wis. Gay Marriage Case Request $1.2MThe plaintiffs in the lawsuit that challenged Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage are requesting attorney fees in the amount of $1.2 million, according to a new report by the National Law Journal.
Beyond Marriage, Challenges Ahead For Gay Rights GroupsEven as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Archbishop Nienstedt Asks For Gay Music Director’s ResignationA music director at a Minnesota Catholic church was forced to resign after he married his long-time partner. Jamie Moore had been the music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria. This past weekend, Moore married his partner, Garrett.
Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert LawsuitThe messy dispute between the Minnesota Vikings and their former punter, Chris Kluwe, has been settled. Kluwe had been threatening a $10 million lawsuit against the team, claiming he was let go because of his support for gay marriage.

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