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Target selling T-shirts to support gay pride

The Minneapolis-based discount retailer has launched an online charitable partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Family Equality Council. Target says the partnership is unrelated to the 2010 political donation given to a group that supported Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who openly opposed gay marriage.

President Obama opposes Minnesota's same-sex marriage amendment

Obama's Minnesota campaign team on Monday said the president opposes a constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. "While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples," a spokeswoman said.

Memos reveal more details about group's strategy to fight gay marriage

The Associated Press last week reported on confidential memos that showed the National Organization for Marriage worked to drive a wedge between blacks and gay marriage advocates to divide the Democratic base. Now MinnPost shares more details from those documents. That includes a plan to recruit children from same-sex families to talk about their unhappiness on video.

Evangelist sues for more access to Twin Cities Pride festival

A Wisconsin man who wants to distribute Bibles at the event is suing after festival organizers restricted him to an area away from the action.

Gay marriage debate expands across state

Both sides are ramping up their efforts and say they're finding more and more support for their positions as the vote on a Constitutional amendment approaches.

Lead group against gay marriage sought to divide gays and blacks

The national organization leading the push to limit marriage to same-sex couples sought to divide the Democratic Party's base by driving "a wedge between gays and blacks," according to internal documents from the National Organization of Marriage.

Lutheran pastor at the center of church controversy over gay clergy moving to Minnesota

Bradley Schmeling resigned from his post at an Atlanta church and will join Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Pastors Schmeling and Darin Easler made national news and triggered a fierce fight within the Lutheran community when they made their relationship public. Church leadership removed both men from the clergy roster but later reinstated them after the church voted to accept gay clergy members in relationships.

Walter Mondale, Kathleen Blatz form lawyers group opposed to marriage amendment

The former vice president and Minnesota supreme court justice formed Lawyers United to speak out against a constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. The amendment "would be a constitutional knot tying the hands of our chosen representatives as we learn from the experience of other states on the issue of marriage," they wrote in a letter to the legal community.

Marriage ban protesters spend Sundays rallying outside St. Paul Cathedral

The Pioneer Press says around 100 people a week are using Lent to let the archbishop know they don't approve of the church's push to ban same-sex marriage. Organizers hope that number will only increase through Palm Sunday.

Anoka-Hennepin votes to settle bullying lawsuits; lone dissenter resigns in protest

The district agreed to pay $270,000, which will be divided among the six current and former students who brought the lawsuits, hire new staff and adopt a system to watch for and report bullying. Supporters who attended the board meeting Monday night called the decision "historic." But former Republican State Rep. Kathy Tingelstad, the lone "no" vote, stepped down from the board in protest. The Pioneer Press has details ...

Anoka-Hennepin School District reaches tentative deal over students' bullying lawsuits

The district has reportedly reached a settlement deal with federal officials and will meet Monday night to vote on the agreement.

Fargo-Moorhead marketing itself as gay-friendly travel destination

The region's tourism officials are hoping to tap into a demographic that travels heavily and has a lot of disposable income. The Dickinson Press says many mid-sized cities are doing the same thing.

Anoka superintendent apologizes, says 'no doubt' bullying can contribute to suicide

The superintendent says the latest statement is both an acknowledgement that bullying could have been a factor in the rash of student suicides and an apology for an earlier message, which indicated there was no evidence that harassment contributed to the tragedies.

Watchdog says marriage amendment backers may have broken fundraising rules

Common Cause has filed complaints alleging Minnesota for Marriage and its backer, the Minnesota Family Council, failed to comply with campaign finance laws. The group says Minnesota for Marriage only named seven individual donors, which means that most the money the group has pulled in can't be traced to any individual donor. Minnesota for Marriage says it has complied with the rules and the accusations are baseless.

Minnesota Lutherans might voice opposition to same-sex marriage ban

WCCO reports nearly 1,000 representatives of the Lutheran church will vote in an assembly Friday on whether to officially oppose a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.

Those who choose not to vote on marriage amendment still affect outcome

The special interests behind both sides of the gay marriage debate are raising millions of dollars as they ramp up for what's shaping up to be a close fight. But while a recent survey shows a nearly 50-50 split in support for the amendment, a peculiarity in Minnesota's voting laws means it could take much more than that to pass it.

Anoka-Hennepin school board ends policy blamed for bullying

The school board voted Monday night to replace a controversial policy with a new one that they say will foster a safer and more tolerant environment for students. Critics say the district's old "neutrality" policy, which restricted teachers from addressing issues such as sexuality, left students at the mercy of bullies.

Minnesota Jewish leaders take stand against marriage amendment

A rabbi with the Minnesota Rabbinical Association said the move to ban same-sex marriage reminds the religious leaders of the discrimination that Jewish people have faced.

Anoka-Hennepin teachers union backs new policy on sexual orientation

The Associated Press reports Education Minnesota overwhelmingly supports the district's new policy, which would replace the district's controversial "neutrality" rule. And the school district responds to an article in Rolling Stone magazine about the rash of suicides among gay students in the schools.

Mitt Romney 'glitter-bombed' at campaign stop in Twin Cities

Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign trail passed through Eagan Wednesday. In his warehouse appearance he took some shots at President Obama, ignored his Republican rivals, and got showered with glitter -- twice.

Anoka-Hennepin teacher, anti-bullying advocate running for state Senate

A gay teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin School District and an outspoken critic of the district's controversial policy on sexual orientation announced Wednesday that he's running for the Minnesota Senate against Republican incumbent Michelle Benson. Jefferson Fietek says his community is struggling with poverty, suicide and bullying but that elected officials are ignoring it.

Poll: Dayton gains popularity; marriage amendment headed for close vote

Public Policy Polling says Mark Dayton is one of the most popular governors in the country, with 53 percent of voters approving of his work in office and just over a third disapproving. The latest survey also says a vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage could be close: 48 percent say they support it, while 44 percent are opposed.

Anoka-Hennepin school board tries again with new 'controversial topics' policy

The school district's new policy says teachers shouldn't express personal opinions but can facilitate discussions. Some supporters say the new rule seems more inclusive, but critics say talk about topics like homosexuality should have no place in the classroom.

Same-sex couples cheer appeals court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act

Three same-sex couples filed a lawsuit claiming the act violates their constitutional rights to equal protection, due process and freedom of association. The district court had dismissed the lawsuit, but an appeals court on Monday sent the case back to the lower court for a new review.