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Secretary of State Ritchie proposed new ballot title for marriage amendment

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie on Thursday proposed a new ballot title for the marriage amendment to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

Ritchie, who has the statutory authority to designate ballot question titles, is describing the amendment as “Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.”

Attorney General Lori Swanson must still approve the title. The amendment, approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in May 2011, listed the ballot title as “Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman.”

The hotly contested amendment has drawn nationwide attention and substantial fundraising.

A spokeswoman for Minnesotans United For All Families, the umbrella organization opposing the amendment, said the group believes the new name is “an accurate title,” but “ultimately Minnesotans are going to vote on the question.”

Minnesota for Marriage, which supports the amendment, didn’t respond to an immediate request for comment.

The other question on the November ballot, which would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls, remains untitled. A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s Office said the amendment would be named “later this summer.”

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