No U.S. Senate endorsement by Independence Party, but delegates oppose proposed amendments

The Independence Party of Minnesota didn’t support anyone for the U.S. Senate seat at its endorsing convention Saturday in Roseville, but delegates did vote to oppose the two state constitutional amendments that will be on the November ballot: the marriage amendment and the photo ID amendment.

Neither of the two candidates vying for the U.S. Senate, Glen Menze and Stephen Williams, were able to get enough support from delegates to win endorsement, and now may face off in the August primary.

The party had earlier taken a stand against the marriage amendment, which, if passed, would define marriage as only between one man and one woman, and would insert in the constitution the ban on gay marriage that is already in state law.

Opposition to the Voter ID bill was new. The resolution passed Saturday “cited government abdication of duty, the civic importance of same-day registration, and the difficulty posed to students, seniors and armed service members by the amendment,” said a statement from the party.

Party members also passed resolutions opposing the borrowing of dedicated funds to balance the state budget and against legislative pay during state shutdowns.

Said IP chair Mark Jenkins:

“People are frustrated with our legislature’s inability to responsibly balance the state budget. And they’re wary of legislators using the constitution to divide Minnesotans.”

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