AG: Law Permits Change In Marriage Ballot Title

Associated Press
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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.”