Gay marriage, the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy and the rocky start of MNsure are among Minnesota’s top news stories of 2013. Two and a half months after Governor Dayton signed a bill making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize gay marriage, couples began exchanging vows on August 1st. The clergy sexual abuse scandal was spurred by a former canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who became a whistleblower. Archbishop John Nienstedt has stepped down from public ministry while police investigate an allegation that he improperly touched a boy during a group photo session – a claim Nienstedt denies. And the deadline to sign up for health insurance through MNsure has been extended to Tuesday while officials continue working out the bugs. We’ll have a look back at the top stories for our local area coming up next Tuesday and Wednesday with KNUJ NewsLine Year In Review features.