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Minnesota recognizes the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. And because the US Supreme Court overturned parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government also recognizes LGBT marriages. This means same-sex married couples living in Minnesota are eligible for all rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.
Here is a run-down on Minnesota law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: On May 9, 2013, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on a vote of 75 to 59. On May 13, 2013, the Minnesota Senate passed the bill on a vote of 37-30. Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill into law on May 14. It went into effect August 1, 2013. It was the first state in the Midwest to do so via the legislative process.
There are also domestic partnership ordinances in 18 cities
2 Adoption Law: Minnesota law allows single LGBT people to petition to adopt children, whilst there is no specific prohibition against joint same-sex couple adoption petitions or step-parent petitions for same-sex couples. The state’s only organization solely dedicated to finding families for Minnesota’s children, Minnesota Adoption Resource Network, allows same-sex partners to adopt in identical fashion to singles and opposite-sex partners.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Since 1993, Minnesota laws outlaw discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity in housing, insurance, goods and services, contracts, health benefits, hospital visitation rights, and employment. The law also includes sexual orientation in the State laws on bias motivated crimes.
“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. “Sexual orientation” does not include a physical or sexual attachment to children by an adult. The law does allow religious organizations, youth groups and certain small businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation if they want to.
4 Sodomy Law: In 2001, two years before Lawrence v. Texas, Minneapolis Judge Delilah Pierce ruled that the state’s sodomy law violated the State Constitution when dealing with private, adult, consensual and non-commercial sodomy.
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