Poll: Minnesotans remain split on same-sex marriage one year later

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It's been eight months since Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke said, "I do," becoming the first same-sex married couple in Minnesota. The moment marked a victory for equality and human dignity -- but above all, love.

Not everyone saw it that way at the time, and they still don't today. On Monday, KSTP-TV released polling conducted by SurveyUSA that shows Minnesotans remain split on the law, about one year after Gov. Mark Dayton signed it. Of those surveyed, 47 percent approved, 45 percent disapproved, and 7 percent were apparently plagued by indecision.

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CeCe McDonald to speak at the Capitol alongside battered women's groups

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CeCe Mcdonald will speak in St. Paul Wednesday
CeCe McDonald, the cause célèbre of the transgender movement, is scheduled to speak Wednesday at a noon rally in the State Capitol rotunda.

Earlier this year, McDonald walked out of an all-male correctional facility in St. Cloud, where, despite the concerns of her attorneys, she served 19 months of a 41-month sentence. In 2012, McDonald pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter after fatally stabbing Dean Schmitz in a street fight.

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Brutal beating of gay man near eagleBOLTbar raises concern about possible hate crime

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Early Sunday morning, a 30-year-old man named Jeremy wound up in the hospital with severe facial injuries that were apparently the result of an assault in downtown Minneapolis.

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Jeremy -- we're not disclosing his last to honor a request made by his friends -- had left the eagleBOLTbar, a Washington Avenue establishment that bills itself as "the premier Masculine Men's GLBT bar" in the Twin Cities, and was walking from there to a bus stop on Portland Avenue when he was attacked. (A friend told us Jeremy was found in the vicinity of the Star Tribune building.)

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Michele Bachmann argues anti-gay bill is actually about tolerance

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Bachmann thinks businesses should have the right to not serve gays.
During an appearance on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show yesterday, Michele Bachmann used her unique brand of logic to argue on behalf of an Arizona bill that would've allowed businesses to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

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"We need to respect both opinions," Bachmann said. "Just like we need to observe tolerance for the gay and lesbian community, we need to have tolerance for the community of people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs."

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Star Tribune reporter Paul Walsh stands by controversial CeCe McDonald story

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The Star Tribune is taking heat for its report on CeCe McDonald's release from prison.

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The January 13 piece, written by breaking news reporter Paul Walsh, described CeCe as "a man in transition to being a woman" instead of the GLAAD-endorsed formulation, which is simply "transgender woman." Walsh and the Strib editors have also been criticized for putting quotations around CeCe's name, identifying her as "Chrishaun 'CeCe' McDonald" instead of just CeCe McDonald.

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CeCe McDonald released from prison Monday morning [VIDEO]

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CeCe McDonald's supporters at a pre-trial "dance for justice" rally in April 2012.
In a shaky video shot on Monday morning, there's CeCe McDonald: wearing a blue hoodie, riding a friend's back, and walking out of prison.

"Welcome back!" the friend holding the camera tells McDonald. "Thank you!" McDonald exclaims, grinning, as she approaches the parking lot.

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Not fabulous: Twin Cities no longer among Advocate's gayest metros

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Just three years ago, Minneapolis was the gayest city in all of America. But thereafter lumped together with its sister city, Minneapolis/St. Paul has now fallen right off the Advocate's list of the gayest metros.

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The Advocate's annual ranking of America's gayest places doesn't include Minneapolis/St. Paul in its top 15 this year. Frankly, in the Advocate's eyes, we've been getting straighter and straighter each year since Minneapolis's 2011 triumph -- in 2012, MSP was seventh, and in 2013, we fell to tenth.

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Homophobic Vikings coach Mike Priefer's son enjoys calling people "gay" on Twitter

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Quote taken from Chris Kluwe's account of a 2012 Vikings special teams meeting.
An online campaign is underway in hopes of preventing Priefer from ever getting another NFL coaching job.
In Chris Kluwe's must-read account of the chain of events culminating in his release by the Vikings, the biggest villain is special teams coach, rumored head coaching candidate, and apparent homophobe Mike Priefer.

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Kluwe writes that during one meeting, Priefer said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

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Aaron Rodgers almost became one of first NFL players to come out of the closet, report says

Categories: GLBT, Sports
In a since-deleted tweet, Rodgers poses with the man some are suggesting is his ex.
Take this with an appropriately sized grain of salt, but according to a story first broken by The Fame Driven gossip site, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers almost became one of the first NFL players to come out of the closet as gay earlier this year.

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Fame Driven, citing an unnamed source close to A-Rodg and his alleged ex-boyfriend, reports that the former MVP was one of four NFL players who were in talks last spring with former Ravens linebacker and gay rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo about coming out as a group. But for whatever reason, A-Rodg got cold feet, and his reluctance caused a rift between him and his alleged ex, the report says.

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MN ACLU explains why Duck Dynasty dude's anti-gay comments aren't protected speech

Categories: GLBT, Law
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Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences.
Unless you've been on a vacation to Mars for the past week or so, you've undoubtedly heard about the controversy created by Phil Robertson, star of A&E's hit Duck Dynasty show, thanks to anti-gay comments he made during a recent interview.

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"Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong... Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," Robertson told GQ magazine. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

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