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Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt Claims Satan is Behind Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Over the past few years, Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt has been one of the more visible adversaries in the fight for LGBT rights and tolerance in Minnesota. He spearheaded a mass mailing of 400,000 anti-gay DVDs in 2010, created a special "marriage prayer" to drum up support for the anti-gay amendment on the state's ballot last November, and even told the mother of a gay son that she must reject him or risk burning in hell.

With such a bigoted view of gays, it comes as no surprise that Nienstedt places homosexuality squarely on the side of Satan. Speaking at the conservative Napa Institute Conference last month, Nienstedt listed off all the evil works of the devil, which in addition to homosexuality include abortion, contraception, and pornography. The Huffington Post reports:

"Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life," Niendstedt said. "Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God's work on earth."

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The Greatest Political Ad of 2013 So Far: VIDEO

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Will walking out of a lake in skin-tight bike shorts, promising to no longer visit the strip clubs, and yelling at people to "wake the f**k Up" get Jeffrey Alan Wagner elected Mayor of Minneapolis?

Probably not, but it will elect him famous on the internet.

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Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak Tells Gay Chicago Couples: 'Our City Would Like to Marry You' — VIDEO

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Yesterday Towleroad mentioned that Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak was headed to Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, and Denver — cities in states where marriage equality is not yet a reality — to campaign for gay couples to come and get married in Minneapolis.

Rybak smartly has dollar signs in his eyes and knows that marriage equality tourism can boost Minneapolis's and Minnesota's economy.

Here's his pitch to the people of Chicago.

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Launches Campaign to Promote Marriage Equality Tourism

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants gay couples to come to Minnesota and get married, MPR News reports:

RybakThe Democratic mayor officiated 46 same-sex weddings on August 1, when the new law went into effect. He's inviting same-sex couples from other states to hold their ceremonies in Minneapolis.

Rybak is traveling to Chicago this week to launch an ad campaign, followed by visits to Madison, Milwaukee and Denver.

"Heck, if we get 30 couples from Chicago to come up here and do a wedding, that's 30 weddings, 30 wedding parties, 30 rentals of great places, 30 florists," said Rubak. "You begin to ripple that through the economy — now it's assumed we're going to get more than 30 — that's a lot of money...We really think this could have a very significant financial impact."

The Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association, a co-sponsor of Rybak's campaign, is offering free wedding planning services to interested couples.


Openly Gay Minister Ordained by Minneapolis Presbyterian Church: VIDEO

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Daniel Vigilante became the first openly gay Presbyterian minister in Minnesota on Saturday, KARE11 reports:

Daniel Vigilante is now the minister of outreach at Trinity Community Church at 28th and Humboldt Avenue. He tried to get ordained 13 years ago, but he had to remove himself from the process because the church wouldn't accept his sexual orientation.

"This is just an enormous step for the Presbyterian Church and such a statement that the church is a place for everyone," he said. "It's inclusive. It's for young and old and gay and straight. Men and women can be a part of it and be in full leadership."

Vigilante is one of just about a dozen gay and lesbian members who have been ordained since 2011 when the Presbyterian Church lifted its ban on gay clergy.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau Marries Partner (and Fellow Officer) of 25 Years

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau (left) married Sgt. Holly Keegel, her partner of 25 years ("on and off the force") on Friday, the Star-Tribune reports:

They waited a few days to take advantage of the Aug 1 law that gave same-sex couples the right to marry in Minnesota. Chief called me first Saturday because when I interviewed her in June, I asked if they might marry. She told me they would, opening with a joke: “We’ve been together for 25 years but we’re still not sure. I couldn’t be any more married. Now we’ll just make it legal. Of course, we will.”

Keegel, who signed off on Harteau calling to giving me the scoop, had told the media-friendly chief this marriage news better not leak out ahead of time.

Harteau and Keegel told the paper that they wanted to keep the wedding private since they are so often in the public eye, and began planning it about a month ago. Mayor Rybak officiated the ceremony, which took place atop the W Hotel. 20 friends and family including their teen daughter Lauren attended.


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