Racist, Homophobic Posts Force Wisconsin Republican Jacob Dorsey Out of Race

Jacob Dorsey screencap via Digital Journal
Think Minnesota Republicans have a hard time with social media? Consider the case of young Wisconsin GOPer Jacob Dorsey.

Dorsey, 19, took a semester off from his studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho to run for a Janesville seat in the state assembly, which is the Wisconsin equivalent to the Minnesota House. But he's headed back to school after screencaps of racist and homophobic online posts he wrote surfaced.

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Minnesota Family Council decries settlement forcing Little Falls business to host gay wedding

Categories: GLBT, Law
Cole Frey and Adam Block
Cole Frey and his fiance, Adam Block, wanted to have their wedding at LeBlanc's Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in Little Falls. But when the business owner found out the wedding involved two dudes, they told the couple to look elsewhere.

Frey and Block informed officials in the state's Department of Human Rights about the situation. One of them contacted the Little Falls business pretending to want to schedule their own gay wedding there and received pretty much the same treatment Frey and Block did.

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Lush co-founder Ty Hoffman is suspect in murder of former "life partner" Kelly Phillips

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:::: UPDATE :::: Kelly Phillips murder: Tight-lipped police won't rule out anyone as search for Hoffman continues

Ramsey County authorities announced this morning that 44-year-old Ty Hoffman is the suspect sought in connection with the brutal murder of Kelly Phillips at a Holiday Gas Station in Arden Hills yesterday, WCCO reports.

Five years ago, Hoffman and Phillips founded Lush Food Bar together. A Lavender article about the GLBT club's opening described the pair as "life partners."

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Kelly Phillips, GLBT activist and co-founder of Lush, brutally murdered at gas station

Kelly Phillips photo via Facebook
:::: UPDATE :::: Lush co-founder Ty Hoffman is suspect in murder of former "life partner" Kelly Phillips

The man shot to death outside a Holiday Gas Station in Arden Hills has been identified by WCCO as Kelly Phillips, co-founder of Lush Food Bar in northeast Minneapolis.

According to reports, Phillips was riding in a black BMW that pulled into the gas station around 8:30 a.m. yesterday. Phillips and the driver got out of the vehicle and were arguing when the driver pulled out a gun and shot Phillips at least three times in broad daylight, including once execution-style in the back of the head while Phillips pleaded for his life. The driver then got back in the car and drove over Phillips on his way out of the parking lot.

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Eden Prairie GOP candidate Sheila Kihne criticized for not supporting family values group

Rep. Loon (left); Kihne (right)
While at the U of M, Kihne helped craft a budget that funded a GLBT group while leading two conservative ones out in the cold.
Twenty years ago, Sheila Kihne -- then known as Sheila Corbett -- served on the University of Minnesota's Student Services Fees Committee. The same academic year, she successfully ran to become the Minnesota Student Association president.

That's not news, obviously. But Kihne, now an Eden Prairie arch-conservative who's running in a controversial August 12 GOP primary against incumbent Rep. Jenifer Loon, has come under scrutiny from local conservatives for being involved with the student fees committee while it developed with a budget at odds with the brand of social conservatism she now espouses so forcefully.

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Paula Overby, first transgender congressional candidate, leaves DFL in protest

Paula Overby
Last summer, Paula Overby told us about her plans to become the first transgender person to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House. She spoke of social justice and inclusion and made it known that the DFL best encompassed those ideals.

But at the district convention, on April 26, she withdrew her nomination before the first ballots were announced. Five weeks later, she resigned from the party in protest.

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Target finally comes out in support of gay marriage

Categories: GLBT, Target
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Two years ago, Target refused to take an official stance on Minnesota's marriage amendment. The perception was that then-CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who in 2010 created a stink by giving $150,000 of the company's dollars to fund a TV ad supporting Tom Emmer's anti-gay gubernatorial campaign, played a significant role in forcing Target to remain neutral.

Steinhafel is now gone, with Brian Cornell officially named his successor last week. And just days later, the company made its first public, unambiguous statement in support of marriage equality.

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Tom Lyden grills Archbishop Nienstedt on his sexuality and anti-gay views [VIDEO]

Categories: GLBT, Religion
Lyden interviews Archbishop Nienstedt as one of his handlers looks on.
Last week, embattled Archbishop John Nienstedt did the media rounds, granting one-on-one interviews to most local outlets. (Our invitation must've gotten lost in the mail...)

Fox 9 reporter/anchor Tom Lyden's interview with the archbishop was especially noteworthy. Lyden, who's married to a man he's been in a relationship with for more than two decades, grilled Nienstedt about his own sexuality and anti-gay views. The line of questioning culminated in the archbishop acknowledging that his beliefs about the sinfulness of same-sex sexual relations don't seemingly make much sense at all.

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Michele Bachmann links gay agenda, pedophilia [AUDIO]

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Bachmann, on the "gay community": "Their ultimate goal is to not allow for diversity of opinion on this issue."
We already know Michele Bachmann isn't a big fan of gay people. It's also not a surprise to hear her say outrageous right-wing things on the radio. But during an appearance on the conservative Faith & Liberty show last week, Bachmann proved she still has the capacity to open her mouth and stun us.

Bachmann argued that marriage equality represents society's first step down a slippery slope that will end up with adults being "able to freely prey on little children sexually."

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Vikings, Chris Kluwe beef goes nuclear after investigators side with team

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Kluwe claims the report released by the Vikings is a coverup.
On Friday, the Vikings released a summary of the six-month internal investigation Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. conducted into former team punter Chris Kluwe's claim that his outspoken advocacy for marriage equality prompted his release from the team following the 2012 season.

The investigators found that while special teams coach Mike Priefer in all likelihood did make the most explosive of the anti-gay statements Kluwe accused him of -- namely, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows" -- the reprehensible comment was not reflective of a hostile, homophobic work environment.

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