Minnesota
News from within the borders of Minnesota, the first Midwestern state to vote down a constitutional gay marriage ban in 2012. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton signd the bill into law in May, which then took effect in August of 2013. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in Minnesota, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.
Minnesota: Vote on Transgender Students Playing High School Sports Postponed
October 03 2014 12:57 PM ET

Heated Debate in Minnesota Over Trans Kids in Sports Gets More Time

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

The Minnesota State High School League has postponed a vote to allow transgender students to participate in sports based on their gender identity until December.

WATCH: This Woman Wants to Be Minnesota's First Trans Member of Congress
October 02 2014 6:30 AM ET

WATCH: Will This Candidate Be the First Trans Woman in Congress?

Mitch Kellaway

Paula Overby, born and raised farming in Minnesota's 2nd District, says it's time for her state's representation to get back to its roots.

Bible-Quoting Man Shoots Gay Couple With BB Gun Outside Popular Minneapolis Gay Bar
September 30 2014 2:37 PM ET

Bible-Quoting Man Shoots Couple Outside Gay Bar

Parker Marie Molloy

A 43-year-old Minneapolis man could face up to seven years in prison for shooting two gay men in the leg with a BB gun following a homophobic tirade.

WATCH: Minn. Catholic Church Ousts Gay Music Director for Marriage
September 25 2014 7:47 PM ET

Minn. Catholic Church Ousts Gay Music Director for Marriage

Trudy Ring

Coming at the request of a controversial archbishop, it's the latest in a series of such occurrences.

Vikings Coach Mike Priefer Back At Practice Following Suspension for Homophobic Comments
September 20 2014 3:38 AM ET

Vikings Coach Mike Priefer Back At Practice

Annie Hollenbeck

After a two-game suspension and sensitivity training for his antigay comments, special teams coach Mike Priefer has returned to his post.

Ex-Boyfriend Sought in Minn. Bar Owner's Murder
August 26 2014 7:58 PM ET

Ex-Boyfriend Sought in Minn. Bar Owner's Murder

Trudy Ring

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Lyle Hoffman, charged with killing businessman and activist Kelly Phillips.

In Settling Bias Case, Wedding Venue to Pay for Couple's Nuptials
August 25 2014 3:24 PM ET

In Settling Bias Case, Wedding Venue to Pay for Couple's Nuptials

Trudy Ring

A Minnesota hunting club that had refused to host a same-sex wedding will now foot the bill for the festivities.

Vikings Claim No Fault in Report, Kluwe Will Continue With Lawsuit
July 21 2014 3:25 PM ET

Vikings Claim No Fault, Chris Kluwe Won't Drop Lawsuit

Michelle Garcia

After the findings of an internal investigation of the allegedly homophobic environment of the Minnestota Vikings' locker room were released, former punter and LGBT ally Chris Kluwe says he still plans to sue the team.

Kluwe: Vikings Won't Release Investigation Data on Team Homophobia
July 15 2014 12:19 PM ET July 15 2014 2:28 PM ET

Kluwe: Vikings Won't Share Investigation of Team Homophobia

Michelle Garcia

A year after Chris Kluwe was cut from the Minnesota Vikings and possibly blacklisted from the NFL, an internal investigation into the team will not be released, despite promises to do so.

Antigay Minn. Archbishop Accused of Same-Sex Advances
July 02 2014 7:54 PM ET

Antigay Minn. Archbishop Accused of Same-Sex Advances

Trudy Ring

Twin Cities Catholic archbishop John Nienstedt, whose career has been marked by condemnations of homosexuality, is the subject of a church investigation.

Kluwe Won't Shy Away From Suing Vikings If Necessary
January 16 2014 4:28 PM ET

WATCH: Chris Kluwe Will Sue Vikings If Necessary

Michelle Garcia

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says that if the internal investigation clears the management of any homophobia or an antigay locker room environment, he'll sue.

Kluwe: There Are Witnesses to Vikings Coach's Hostility
January 06 2014 4:07 PM ET

Kluwe: There Are Witnesses to Vikings Coach's Hostility

Michelle Garcia

Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe says there are witnesses who will back up his claims that special teams coach Mike Priefer used homophobic language among players.

Vikings Coach Denies Chris Kluwe's Accusations of Antigay Bigotry
January 03 2014 2:10 PM ET January 03 2014 7:50 PM ET

Vikings Coach Denies Accusations of Antigay Bigotry

Sunnivie Brydum

Mike Priefer and Minnesota Vikings execs both claim the special teams coach is not an antigay bigot and that Chris Kluwe was fired because of lackluster performance.

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