16th August 2012
Homophobic Cheerio-burning man dies of heart-attack 35
12:31 PM — Michael Leisner, whose homophobic protest against food giant General Mills and their pro-marriage equality stance resulted in a viral video, died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
6th August 2012
US: Gay rights group donates $1m to marriage equality efforts
10:06 PM — US gay rights group Human Rights Campaign has donated $1m to marriage equality efforts in four states. Campaign groups in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington will each receive $250,000.
15th July 2012
Thomson Reuters says Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘would be bad for business’ 6
10:09 PM — One of the world's biggest news outlets, Thomson Reuters, has joined a number of companies in protesting Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban. In a statement, the firm said the proposed constitutional amendment would not "be good for Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state".
US store Target stocks cards for gay couples 20
10:06 PM — US retailer Target has begun selling greetings cards for same-sex couples. The Star-Tribune reports that cards with messages such as 'Mr & Mr' and 'For two special women' went on sale in mid-June.
6th June 2012
Equality advocates slightly ahead on Minnesota marriage question 2
3:16 PM — The opponents of a measure which would introduce a constitutional ban on marriages for gay couples in Minnesota have edged slightly ahead, according to a recent poll.
28th May 2012
Minnesota: Pastor who supports gay rights risks losing his church 75
10:04 PM — A pastor from Minnesota, who has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, and recently voiced support for equal marriage, now risks losing his church completely, unless he can collect enough donations to keep its doors open.
9th April 2012
Obama opposes Minnesota’s proposed anti-marriage equality measure 5
11:09 PM — President Obama's campaign group in Minnesota has issued a statement today, saying they will oppose the state's proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as strictly that between one man and one woman.
19th January 2012
Gay marriage rifts appear in several US states 11
2:32 PM — Politicians and campaigners in Minnesota, New Jersey and North Carolina on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are gearing up for battle ahead of legislative sessions later this month.
29th July 2011
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi calls on Michele Bachmann to address anti-gay bullying 129
5:06 PM — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann must address the teen LGBT suicides in her congressional district, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says.
25th July 2011
Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty attacks gay marriage again 66
12:48 PM — US Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has hit out at gay marriage again. Mr Pawlenty was speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, the first day of marriage equality in New York.
22nd July 2011
Five students sue Minnesota school district over anti-gay bullying 12
11:22 AM — Five students who say they were victims of homophobic bullying are suing a Minnesota school district over an "epidemic of harassment". They say that the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the state's largest, failed to protect them and that a "gag policy" restricting teachers' ability to discuss gay and lesbian issues made the problem worse.
26th May 2011
Three men arrested for gay hate attack in Minnesota 49
11:18 PM — Police in St Cloud, Minnesota have arrested three men accused of severely beating a gay man because of his sexuality. The three men, named as Matthew Warren Thomas, 24; Chad Vincent Hands, 21 and Ryan Andrew Frane, 23, were arrested and transported to a county prison.
25th May 2011
White House condemns Minnesota’s proposed gay marriage ban 22
10:14 AM — The White House has issued a statement condemning proposals to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, although it stops short of backing marriage equality. The statement did not explicitly mention the move but called such efforts "divisive" and "discriminatory".
23rd May 2011
Minnesota voters to decide on gay marriage ban 79
10:50 AM — Voters in the US state of Minnesota will decide next year whether to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Late on Saturday night, the state House voted to allow voters to decide the issue.
18th May 2011
Anti-gay Republican Newt Gingrich showered in glitter 89
11:45 AM — Anti-gay Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was covered in glitter by a gay rights campaigner at a book signing yesterday. Mr Gingrich and his wife Callista were in Minnesota for a dinner with the Minnesota Family Council when protester Nick Espinosa struck.
17th May 2011
Poll says most Minnesota voters don’t want gay marriage ban 2
2:18 PM — A poll suggests that just over half of Minnesota voters do not want a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The state may hold a referendum on the issue next year if the House follows the Senate in approving a bill.
12th May 2011
Minnesota Senate approves referendum on gay marriage ban 5
4:05 PM — The Minnesota Senate has given the go-ahead to a 2012 voter referendum on whether the state should have a constitutional ban on gay marriage. The bill, introduced by Republican senator Warren Limmer, passed by 30-27 votes. One Democrat senator, Leory Stumpf, joined Republicans in voting for it.
3rd November 2010
US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13
2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.
19th October 2010
Wear purple on Wednesday in memory of gay teen suicides 14
5:24 PM — After a spate of suicides among gay US teenagers, people across the world will wear purple tomorrow to honour their memory. More than 1.3 million people have pledged on Facebook to mark 'Spirit Day', which was created by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan.
30th December 2009
First lesbian US marshall confirmed 3
3:10 PM — The first openly gay US marshall has been confirmed. Minneapolis assistant police chief Sharon Lubinski was confirmed on Monday as the US marshal for the Minnesota district.