Minnesota Legislature: Social Issues

Read this MPR News Primer on efforts to ban and allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota (05/01/2013)
A Democratic state senator who holds what many have seen as a swing vote on Minnesota's same-sex marriage bill said Tuesday that he will vote to legalize it. (04/23/2013)
Advocates on both sides of the debate over same-sex marriage continue to step up their efforts. (04/21/2013)
Minnesota veterans cranked up the pressure on lawmakers Friday to come through with money for a 100-bed addition at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. (04/19/2013)
Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters are swarming the Capitol in hopes of winning over lawmakers whose support they need if the bill comes up for a vote later this spring. (04/18/2013)
Opponents of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota have kicked off a statewide bus tour. (04/12/2013)
Minnesota House Democrats are proposing a health and human services budget that spares drastic cuts to poor people, the elderly and people with disabilities. Instead, the proposal would raise about $152 million through additional charges on the state's hospitals and HMOs. (04/09/2013)
A Republican state lawmaker will announce a bipartisan legislation today to establish civil unions in Minnesota. (04/03/2013)
The day after legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota cleared two committees, Senate Republicans tried to derail the measure with some parliamentary maneuvering. They failed to stop the bill's progress, but managed to get some reluctant rural Democrats to vote on the issue. (03/13/2013)
A bill aiming to boost Minnesota's adoption rate from foster care, currently the second-lowest in the nation, will get a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. (03/12/2013)
Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate are poised to vote on -- and likely pass -- bills to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday. (The Daily Circuit, 03/12/2013)
From the outside, Safe House is just a non-descript home in a residential neighborhood in St. Paul. On the inside though, what is accomplished goes beyond four walls. (03/07/2013)
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has enough votes to clear one of its first legislative hurdles, over protests from opponents. (03/07/2013)
The two-term chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans on Wednesday became the latest from his party to support legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. (03/06/2013)
When Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen of Andover stepped forward to co-sponsor a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, he took some of his constituents by surprise. (02/28/2013)

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