AG: Law Permits Change In Marriage Ballot Title

Associated Press
July 17, 2012

Minnesota’s attorney general argued Monday that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was acting within his power when he revised the title of a ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples.

The point is central to a brief submitted to the state Supreme Court by Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office on behalf of fellow Democrat Ritchie, both of whom were accused of political mischief for swapping a chosen title for a more pointed one. The original title was “Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman.” Ritchie’s replacement reads: “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples.”