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August 14, 2014

Nathon Bailey and victim were to be married soon - Phillips' ex is suspect in Minnesota slaying and remains a fugitive

Nathon Bailey expected to be at his wedding to fiance Kelly Phillips later this year.

Instead, he will be attending Phillips' funeral.

A witness said that in the last horrific seconds of Phillips life, he was shot in the back as he tried to flee then in the head as he was on the ground pleading for his life.

The gunman then ran over his body as he drove away from the Minnesota gas station in the city of Arden Hills where the shooting occurred.

August 14, 2014

Victim Kelly Phillips and suspect Lyle 'Ty' Hoffman had broken up but remained business partners until recently

A well-known businessman in Minnesota was shot execution style outside a gas station in Minnesota this week (12 August) and police suspect his ex-boyfriend and former business partner is the killer.

Kelly Phillips, 48, was killed after being shot in the back then in the head and the gunman then ran over his body as he drove away from the gas station in the city of Arden Hills.

August 14, 2014

Victim Kelly Phillips and suspect Lyle 'Ty' Hoffman had broken up but remained business partners until recently

A well-known businessman in Minnesota was shot execution style outside a gas station in Minnesota this week (12 August) and police suspect his ex-boyfriend and former business partner is the killer.

Kelly Phillips, 48, was killed after being shot in the back then in the head and the gunman then ran over his body as he drove away from the gas station in the city of Arden Hills.

August 8, 2014

National Organization for Marriage president: Target 'insinuates' that people against gay marriage are 'akin to segregationists and racial bigots'

The National Organization for Marriage, the largest anti-gay organization in the US, is targeting one of the country's largest retailers with a boycott because of its support of gay marriage.

NOM President Brian Brown announced Thursday (7 August) a boycott against Target, a Minnesota-based chain with 2,000 stores nationwide.

The retailer this week signed on to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage in pending cases in Wisconsin and Indiana.

July 26, 2014

'I think they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually'

“abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-gays-want-let-adults-freely-prey-little-children-sexually#sthash.fOFn3TID.dpuf

Representative Michele Bachmann claims the LGBTI community wants laws that allow adults to have sex with children.

This past week, 23 July, the Minnesota Republican was a guest on the conservative radio show Faith & Liberty.

July 26, 2014

'I think they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually'

“abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-gays-want-let-adults-freely-prey-little-children-sexually#sthash.fOFn3TID.dpuf

Representative Michele Bachmann claims the LGBTI community wants laws that allow adults to have sex with children.

This past week, 23 July, the Minnesota Republican was a guest on the conservative radio show Faith & Liberty.

July 21, 2014

To coincide with Pride season, the baking brand has unveiled a ‘Rainbow desserts’ section on its website

As committed cake-a-holics, we need little encouragement to sing the praises of home baking brand, Betty Crocker. However, were any extra reason needed, then it’s the fact that this most traditional of companies has been quite vocal in its support of gay marriage.

Now owned by General Mills, the company last year provided cakes to same-sex couples that married in Minnesota after the state legalized gay marriage.

July 21, 2014

Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer suspended for three games - could be reduced to two games with completion of sensitivity training

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe expressed outrage Monday (21 July) that special teams coach Mike Priefer has been suspended for just three games for making a homophobic comment.

Priefer can have his suspension reduced to two games if he completes sensitivity training.

July 16, 2014

Retired NFL player believes he will never play professionally again after he spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is planning to sue the team for failing to release a report of one of its coaches’ alleged anti-gay remarks.

The athlete is accusing Mike Priefer, a Vikings special-teams coordinator, of using homophobic language and discriminating against him.

He also believes his activism for the LGBTI community was the reason he was dismissed from the team in May last year.

July 10, 2014

'...It’s not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle'

A Republican candidate for a Minnesota House of Representatives seat is consumed with sodomy and sharing 'scientific' theories that are not connected to actual science.

Bob Frey is running in the Republican primary to represent House District 47A. The MinnPost asked Frey his stance on social issues and he offered the following:

July 3, 2014

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, has described homosexuality as a ‘result of psychological trauma’

A Minnesota archbishop who donated over half a million against gay marriage is now under investigation for sexual misconduct with other priests.

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, is accused of ‘sexual impropriety’ with several adult male priests and seminarians.

The archdiocese has confirmed the investigation, which was first reported by Catholic magazine Commonweal.

The 67-year-old archbishop authorized the internal investigation, which he claims is ‘independent’.

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

June 11, 2014

The star of stage and the screen was born today, 10 June, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Looking for a way to celebrate Judy Garland's birthday?

Of course you are. The original diva was born 92 years ago, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Over at NewNowNext there is a birthday tribute created by Reginald Law.

He takes Garland's legendary rendition of Get Happy from Summer Stock and synchs it with Pharrell’s 2013 mega-hit Happy.

June 8, 2014

Victim was found wrapped in a chain after having escaped, and told police of the abuses she suffered after meeting a couple on a BDSM website

Three people from Louisiana, US reportedly grouped together to keep a trans woman as a sex slave for two years.

The unidentified woman was found in the city of Natchitoches, Louisiana wrapped in a chain after having escaped from the home where she was imprisoned.

Suspects David Rodriguez Jr., 37, Christina Marie Harper, 39 and Ambre Tubbs Lomas, 39, were all arrested on 4 June on a number of charges including human trafficking, false imprisonment and battery.

April 25, 2014

Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz to marry in Minnesota this weekend then return home and demand their union be recognized

South Dakota's gay marriage ban is poised to become the next such law to be challenged in court.

The plaintiffs will be a lesbian couple who have been together for 27 years.

Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz, who have four children and six grandchildren, will travel of Minneapolis, Minnesota, this weekend to get married.

They will be married by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodge at the Community of Christ Church.

April 10, 2014

'Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are'

Today (9 April) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an anti-bullying law that specifically includes LGBT students.

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requires school districts to train staff on how to recognize and prevent bullying.

Prevention programs are to be implemented, and districts must focus more on changing behavior as opposed to punishment.

April 10, 2014

'Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are'

Today (9 April) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an anti-bullying law that specifically includes LGBT students.

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requires school districts to train staff on how to recognize and prevent bullying.

Prevention programs are to be implemented, and districts must focus more on changing behavior as opposed to punishment.

March 11, 2014

'And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people...'

Representative Michele Bachmann charges gays bully 'the American people' and elected officials.

The Republican, who is not seeking reelection, was interviewed by Lars Larson this past weekend during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The CPAC is a once a year gathering of conservative activists and politicians.

February 5, 2014

Letter to Ryan Eichenauer states: 'I can't wait for the day that I get to walk over your grave and if you don't put yourself there, I'll be glad to. Just do us all a favor and do it soon. Kill yourself already.'

Minnesota high school student Ryan Eichenauer came out as gay in a video on Facebook six weeks ago.

'I don't like the term "coming out" because I'm not coming out. I am letting the world in,' he said in the video.

Now he's getting death threats.

The teenager found two threatening letters in his desks in two different classrooms at Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minnesota.

Among the threatening statements in the second letter that came Tuesday (4 January):

January 7, 2014

'It’s not like he’s going to come out and say, "Yes, I said all those things, please end my career now"'

Chris Kluwe, the former NFL punter who has made explosive allegations of homophobia against a former coach, says he's not surprised he's being called a liar.

‘Well, you know, it’s not like he’s going to come out and say, yes, I said all those things, please end my career now,' Kluwe told CNN's Anderson Cooper of Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer.

January 5, 2014

CeCe McDonald, who was convinced of manslaughter, is to be released 19 months into a 41 month prison sentence

A trans woman who was imprisoned for manslaughter is to be released early.

CeCe McDonald, who was found guilty of second degree manslaughter, stabbed Dean Schmitz in an apparent case of self defence in June 2011. After pleading guilty, she was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

According to the Minnesota Department Of Corrections, McDonald will be freed on 13 January - just 19 months into her sentence.

Trans activists have always maintained McDonald had acted in self defence.

January 4, 2014

Former punter alleges he was fired for gay activism and accuses assistant coach of homophobic rants

The Minnesota Vikings have hired two-profile attorney's to lead their investigation into former punter Chris Kluwe's explosive allegations this week about why he was fired and the anti-gay behavior of an assistant coach.

The team said Friday (3 January) that it has retained the services of former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and former US Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel.

January 3, 2014

Team will 'thoroughly review' matter but insists Kluwe was released strictly based on his football performance

Chris Kluwe came out swinging Thursday against his former NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, for firing him from his job as a punter after eight years.

In a column published on Deadspin, he calls special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer a 'bigot' who didn't agree with his increasingly high-profile work for LGBTI equality.

January 3, 2014

Mike Priefer accuses former Viking Chris Kluwe of attacking his character and insulting his professionalism

Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer 'vehemently' denies allegations by former punter Chris Kluwe that he is an anti-gay 'bigot.'

Kluwe claimed in a blistering column this week that Priefer did not approve of his activism for marriage equality, began to treat him badly and began to increasingly make homophobic comments.