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Boy Scouts Executive Committee OKs Ending Ban On Gay Leaders

The 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.

07/13/2015

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North Dakota Governor Wants Ban On Gay Discrimination

North 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.

04/03/2015

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Dayton Mulls Ban On State Travel To Indiana After New Law

Gov. 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.

04/01/2015

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Iowa Senate OKs Bill To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

The 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.

03/18/2015

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Report: Plaintiffs In Wis. Gay Marriage Case Request $1.2M

The 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.

01/13/2015

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Beyond Marriage, Challenges Ahead For Gay Rights Groups

Even 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.

01/01/2015

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Archbishop Nienstedt Asks For Gay Music Director’s Resignation

A 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.

09/23/2014

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Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert Lawsuit

The 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.

08/19/2014

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Rep. Bachmann: Gay Activists Are The Real Bullies

Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke out against Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s recent decision to veto a measure that some say would’ve allowed businesses to refuse service to gay people. Bachmann (R-Minn.) was talking with a talk radio show host during the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.

03/11/2014

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Minn. Gay Rights Groups Turn Attention To Bullying

Long before gay rights activists in Minnesota launched a successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage, they were aiming for another high-profile goal: a state law protecting children from school bullies.

03/02/2014

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Appeals Court: Man Can Distribute Bibles At Pride Fest

An appeals court decision could allow a man who was barred from distributing Bibles at Twin Cities Pride to resume doing so unrestricted in Loring Park next year. Brian Johnson said he had been distributing Bibles at the event since 1995 without issue.

09/11/2013

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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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No Gay Couples Have Invited Gov. Dayton To Wedding

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the law making gay marriage legal in Minnesota, but so far hasn’t fielded any invitations to take part in any weddings. Dayton said that he hasn’t been asked to attend or participate in any wedding ceremonies when the new law takes effect.

07/22/2013

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Pride Festival Has Joyous Tone In 2013

This year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival was one of joy and celebration for gay rights advocates.

06/30/2013

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Caterpillar Drops Boy Scout Support Over Gay Ban

Caterpillar Inc. says it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America because the organization doesn’t allow homosexuals to serve as adult leaders. Spokeswoman Rachel Potts says that the Caterpillar Foundation made the decision while reviewing the groups it supports.

06/13/2013

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DFL Swing Vote On Gay Marriage To Support Bill

A freshman Democratic state representative from a socially conservative district said Friday that he’d support the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, a key pickup for supporters as votes on the issue get closer at the Capitol.

05/03/2013

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Vikings Draft Punter In 5th Round, Kluwe Out?

Chris Kluwe’s eventful run as Minnesota Vikings punter may have come to an end on the final day of the NFL draft on Saturday.

04/27/2013

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Announced At MN Capitol

With supporters calling it a “historic” day, Minnesota lawmakers unveiled a bill to legalize gay marriage.

02/27/2013

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MN GOP Lawmakers Speak Out Against Gay Marriage

A group of Republican lawmakers are calling for the defeat of a bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota.

02/27/2013

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Nat’l Group Against Gay Marriage Warns Minn. GOP

A national group opposed to gay marriage says it will spend $500,000 to defeat Republican lawmakers in Minnesota who vote to legalize gay marriage.

02/25/2013

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Minn. GOP Senator Is Likely Gay Marriage Backer

A Republican state senator who supports legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota says he hopes to convince GOP colleagues to join him in abandoning the party’s traditional stand on the issue.

02/20/2013

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Sen. Dibble Plans To Introduce Gay Marriage Bill This Week

It appears the battle over same sex marriage in Minnesota may start to heat up earlier than expected. Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble said he plans to introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage this week.

02/18/2013

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Gay Marriage Creates Choices, Costs For Minn. GOP

After last fall’s defeat of a GOP-driven effort to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, some Republican lawmakers are leaving open the possibility they might vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

02/14/2013

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Bullying Study: It Does Get Better For Gay Teens

It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time.

02/04/2013

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State Sen. Dibble: Gay Marriage Debate Later In Session

The Minnesota state senator who will take the lead in that chamber on a bill to legalize gay marriage says backers will wait at least a month or two into the upcoming legislative session before they start to push it hard.

01/02/2013

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