POLL: Do You Approve Of The Marriage Amendment's Ballot Title?
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced the new language Thursday.
Late last week, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced the title that will introduce the same-sex marriage amendment on the November ballot.
He chose the words, "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples."
According to the Star Tribune, amendment supporters wanted the title, "Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman."
Chuck Darrell, a spokesman for Minnesota for Marriage, the amendment proponents, told the Star Tribune that Ritchie's language choice "is a perfect example of why we need the marriage amendment—you can't trust politicians to allow the law. They are beholden to special interests, like gay marriage activists, and they will force their agenda without the people having their day. The only way to control the definition of marriage is to put it in the Constitution, where politicians and special interests can't meddle with it."
According to MPR, Richard Carlbom of Minnesotans United for All Families, which opposes the amendment, said the new title looks "accurate." Carlbom said "voters are going to vote on the question, and the question remains the same."
The amendment will ask:
"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?"
Now that groups for and against the amendment have spoken, we want to know what you think. Answer our polls and tell us in the comments why you feel the way you do.
Updated 12:43 p.m. 7/3/12: University of Minnesota Law School professor Dale Carpenter writes in, saying Richie and other Secretaries of State have been allowed to do this sort of thing since 1919. He writes: "The idea is that the governmental body that wants the amendment should not be allowed single-handedly to stack the deck in its favor by choosing the title as well."