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In an emotional and historic contest, Minnesota voters defeated the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, making Minnesota the only state to defeat such a ballot measure.

Read more from reporter Sasha Aslanian and see more photos from Nikki Tundel and Caroline Yang here.

In other news:

Hooray! Except for Michele Bachmann!

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There will be a lot of conversations in the coming days around culture and tolerance and Islam. I think that’s fine. But I think we should be very precise about what we mean when we say ‘Muslim.’ There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. There are 148 million in Bangladesh. There are 23 million in China. Over 28 million in Ethiopia, 177 million in India, 204 million in Indonesia. Six million Muslims in Libya. They constitute a fractional percent — less than 0.4 percent — of the world’s Muslims.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the attack in Libya. (via theatlantic)

(via theatlantic)

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