Civil Rights in Minnesota

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It wasn't until 2001 that the state of Minnesota officially decriminalized homosexuality.  Minnesota Public Radio has been covering the long-running debate over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Minnesota for decades.  From the end of the 19th century to this day, LGBT Midwesterners have received a warmer reception in the Twin Cities than in other parts of the state, and for this reason Minneapolis is often called “The San Francisco of the Midwest.”

Large crowds cheered after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the same-sex marriage bill at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
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