GOP lawmakers and supporters of Minnesota marriage amendment sue over title change

Supporters of Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment that would require marriage to be between one man and one woman are suing over a change in the amendment’s title.

Republican lawmakers and the Minnesotans for Marriage group discussed  the lawsuit this morning, saying that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie does not have the power to change the title of the amendment which will appear on the November ballot.

The wording of the amendment title, as approved by the Legislature, was:

“Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman.”

Ritchie, though, has changed the title to:

“Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.”

The lawsuit by amendment supporters say Ritchie unlawfully made the change and that Attorney General Lori Swanson approved it.

The Legislature has the power to put constitutional amendments on the ballot, but Ritchie maintains that because Gov. Mark Dayton had vetoed the legislation (but couldn’t keep it off the ballot) that the title could be changed.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/09/2012 - 11:05 am.

    Liberal logic.

    The Governor is expressly not authorized to veto proposed constitutional amendments.

    I don’t blame Ritchie for trying these shenanigans, heck, that’s what Soros poured all that cash into his coffers for… but I do blame Attorney General Swanson, who has clearly abrigated her responsibilities to the people of Minnesota in favor of her orders from DFL headquarters.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/09/2012 - 12:41 pm.


    Obviously the amendment supporters prefer a less accurate title.
    Richie and Swanson are doing what they’re supposed to do:
    putting an accurate description on the ballot.

    • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/10/2012 - 10:07 am.

      An accurate description ??

      The amendment would require a voter to present a valid, picture ID at the polls. Where is the word “ID” or “identification”?

      I suppose we should be glad Soros didn’t tell Ritchie to call it “3Ef&#z2”, although he might as well have.

  3. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/09/2012 - 05:53 pm.

    MN republican legislators

    Taking their orders from ALEC and others out of state like the Koch brothers. Pathetic.

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