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Minnesota became 2013 world oral sex Duluth Minnesota first U. Inthe state legalized same-sex marriageafter a bill allowing such marriages was passed by the Minnesota Legislature and subsequently ed into law by Governor Mark Dayton. This followed a ballot measure in which voters rejected constitutionally banning same-sex marriage. In Julyan executive order was ed and implemented that bans conversion therapy state-wide.

Some cities within Minnesota have already legally banned conversion therapy by local ordinances. Before the arrival of the Europeans, there were no known legal or social punishments for engaging in homosexual activity. Several Native American tribes recognized individuals who would act, behave and live as the opposite biological sex, nowadays also called " two-spirit ". The Dakota people refer to male-bodied individuals who act as female as winkta.

They are ikwekaazo literally "men who chose to function as women" among the Ojibwe. Likewise, female-bodied individuals who act and live as male are ininiikaazo literally "women who choose to function as men". Inthe Minnesota Territory was given Wisconsin's laws, including a ban on heterosexual and homosexual sodomywhich was defined by the common law. When Minnesota drafted its own criminal code init kept this prohibition. Inthe penalty for sodomy was increased to 20 years' imprisonment, and inthe Minnesota Legislature expanded the definition of sodomy to include fellatio oral sex. Ina wave of child molestation cases in Saint Paul led to the enactment of a psychopathic offender law, which included LGBT people alongside rapists and child molesters.

Though justified by the need to protect children and others from sexual abuse, those convicted of homosexuality constituted the major part of those imprisoned under it. An attempt to repeal the sodomy law failed in the Minnesota House of Representatives in by a vote of 46—69 with 19 abstentions. In State v. Blomthe Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the criminal ban on sodomy also applied to the act of cunnilingus. In in State v. Graythe court rejected the argument that privacy rights applied to sodomy involving prostitution.

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However, the court did recognize that the State Constitution protected privacy rights, although it stopped short of stating whether or not private, adult, consensual and non-commercial sodomy was covered under the right to privacy. In Doe et al. Ventura et al. The ruling was later certified as being a class action lawsuit and the state did not appeal, thus voiding the law in terms of private, consensual, non-commercial acts of sodomy by consenting adults, [5] two years before Lawrence v.

While void and unenforceable, the sodomy statute remains on the books. Same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota on August 1, There are also domestic partnership ordinances in 18 cities:. Nelson, after being denied a marriage to his partner Michael McConnell. The case resulted in the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that Minnesota law limited marriage to opposite-sex couples and doing so did not violate the State Constitution or the United States Constitution.

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Although Baker subsequently appealed to the U. Supreme Courthis appeal was dismissed with a one sentence ruling. On November 6,Minnesota voters by a margin of On February 28,a bill was introduced in the Minnesota Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The legislation took effect on August 1,which was the day the first same-sex couples began marrying in the state.

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In AugustMinnesota laws on both marriage and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation were upheld and declared valid by a settlement in court - by a same-sex couple being initially rejected by a hunting club that refused their wedding. InGovernor Rudy Perpich created a state commission to study the prospect of adding sexual orientation to the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The commission proposal was not passed by the Minnesota Legislaturebut the subsequent governor, Arne Carlsonformed a similar committee in InGovernor Carlson ed an executive order that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in state employment.

The Minnesota Human Rights Act uses the following definition with regards to the phrase "sexual orientation"; "Sexual orientation" means having or being perceived as having an emotional, physical, or sexual attachment to another person without regard to the sex of that person or having or being perceived as having an orientation for such attachment, or having or being perceived as having a self-image or identity not traditionally associated with one's biological maleness or femaleness. The addition of sexual orientation to the Minnesota Human Rights Act also included the insertion of provisions stating that the "state of Minnesota does not condone homosexuality or bisexuality or any equivalent lifestyle", or "authorize the promotion of homosexuality or bisexuality in education institutions".

No bill has yet been introduced to repeal these provisions.

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InMinnesota laws were expanded to cover hate crimes on the basis of a person's sexual orientation. Insexual orientation was expanded to include the category of gender identity. Minnesota law allows single LGBT people to petition to adopt children, whilst there is no specific prohibition against t adoption petitions or stepchild petitions by same-sex couples. Lesbian couples have access to in vitro fertilization. State law recognizes the non-genetic, non-gestational mother as a legal parent to born via donor insemination, but only if the parents are married.

On December 17,in a landmark ruling, the Minnesota Court of Appealsoverturning a lower court ruling in In re Guardianship of Kowalskiawarded guardianship of Sharon Kowalski, brain-damaged in an accident eight years earlier, to her lesbian partner Karen Thompson over the objections of Kowalski's parents. Changing legal gender on Minnesota birth certificates and other identity documents does not require undergoing sex reasment surgery.

The state will issue a new birth certificate upon receipt of a letter from a physician confirming appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition or a court order for gender change. The applicant must also a "Birth Certificate Application" form in front of a notary and pay the applicable fee. The registrar will issue a new birth certificate and the old certificate will remain confidential. The Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services will update a driver's or state ID card upon request of the individual.

No documentation is required. The state's Medicaid policy covers care related to transgender people. Minnesota law prohibits health insurance providers from excluding coverage for transgender-specific care or discriminating against transgender patients. Since OctoberMinnesota has allowed an "X" sex descriptor on driver's licences and state ID cards. The "X" option can be issued by intersex and non-binary people and people whose sex is ambiguous at birth for example.

In NovemberMinneapolis became the first city 2013 world oral sex Duluth Minnesota Minnesota to ban conversion therapy on minors. The ordinance was passed unanimously by the Minneapolis City Council. On January 15,the city of Duluth became the second city in Minnesota to ban the practice of conversion therapy. Paul and Red Wing followed suit, [44] [45] [46] [47] followed by Winona in August[48] [49] Rochester in September[50] and Robbinsdale in February In Julyan executive order was ed and implemented to ban conversion therapy within Minnesota. There is no statewide legislative ban on conversion therapy due to bills lapsing for years within the Minnesota Legislature.

The LGBT think tank Movement Advancement Project ranks Minnesota first, tied to Illinoisin the Midwestern United States in terms of LGBT rights legislation, noting that the state provides protections from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit, has inclusive health care policies particularly relating to transgender people, and permits transgender people to correct the gender marker on their identity documents by self-identification.

However, these policies and laws are relatively recent, dating from the past three decades. Societal attitudes regarding LGBT people and same-sex relationships have evolved drastically in recent decades, going from anthipathy and hostility to acceptance and tolerance, though Minnesota was always as the forefront of the early LGBT rights movement in the United States. Its president, activist and law student Jack Bakerrequested a marriage with his partner Michael McConnell in May in Hennepin Countyand after being rejected by the county clerk, filed a lawsuit, Baker v.

Nelsonin state court.

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The case eventually made its way to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United Stateswhich both dismissed the plaintiffs' claims. They are still married and have been for the last forty two years".

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InAllan Spear was elected to the Minnesota Senate ; he came out as gay inmaking him one of the first openly gay elected officials in the world. Spear would later serve as President of the Senate from to She would serve untilbeing re-elected every two years.

You wanted to live in the big city in the gay ghettos and you could find people and friends". Tretter has also credited the Scandinavian history in the region, noting that "the Lutheran church has always been more accepting of gays and lesbians". Minneapolis became widely known as a "gay mecca", despite frequent police raids and harassment in and around gay bars and clubs throughout the s and 70s.

Invoters in Saint Paul repealed the city's provisions protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination, in a setback for LGBT activists. Over the following years, LGBT groups began slowly to raise awareness of their cause and enter the public eye.

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They encountered important political victories in when St. Paul reinstated its protections for LGBT people, a move later upheld by voters, and in when the state became the first in the country to prohibit unfair discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. Same-sex sexual activity was finally legalized in the state in Public opinion also began to increase, and become more accepting.

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State voters rejected a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage inand subsequently the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation to open marriage to same-sex couples the following year, over forty years after McConnell and Baker had applied for a marriage. Minnesota became the 12th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage. The first two couples were married on August 1,at midnight by Mayor R. Rybak in Minneapolis.

It was attended by around 50 people. Outside of the Twin Cities, annual pride events are held in large cities such as DuluthMoorheadSt. Cloud and Rochester. In smaller more rural communities, the LGBT community is less visible, and prevailing social attitudes tend to more conservative, [61] though Pine City is home to one of the state's only rural prides.

LGBT rights in Minnesota. Minnesota USA. Years List Category. Human rights Minority rights Discrimination Freedom Index. Main article: Same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Minneapolis since [7] Duluth since [8] St. Paul since [9] Edina since [10] Maplewood since [11] Golden Valley since [12] Rochester since [13] St. Louis Park since [14] Richfield since [15] Red Wing since [16] Robbinsdale since [17] Hopkins since [18] Falcon Heights since [17] Shorewood since [19] Shoreview since [20] Crystal since [21] Eagan since [22] Eden Prairie since [23].

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