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Minn. marriage amendment backers ask court to overturn title


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The Jamestown Sun
July 9, 2012

Supporters of a constitutional amendment proposal to ban marriage equality are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to reject a rewritten title that voters will see when they vote on the proposal Nov. 6.

Republican legislators and Minnesota for Marriage, an umbrella group supporting the amendment, today asked the high court to return the title to how it passed the Legislature: “Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman.”

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie rewrote the title last month to be: “Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.”

GOP amendment supporters said Richie, supported by the attorney general’s office, exceeded his legal authority to change the title. The title was approved by 49 of 67 state senators last year, including some Democrats who eventually voted against the amendment.