The controversy over the ballot language for Minnesota's
marriage amendment has been settled by that state's highest
The state legislature approved a ballot title reflecting
marriage to be between one man and one woman, but Minnesota
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie chose different language that
could have confused voters. The language approved by legislators
read: "Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one
woman." Ritchie wanted to change the language to read: "Limiting
the status of marriage to opposite-sex couples."
Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom tells OneNewsNow
that the majority on the State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the
"And they basically rejected
the unilateral efforts by [Ritchie] and the Minnesota attorney
general [Lori Swanson] to insert a title that was more negative and
would discourage people from voting in favor of the marriage
amendment," the attorney explains.
The proposed constitutional amendment now will appear on the
ballot as intended by the legislature.
"This is a great victory for accuracy," says Lorence, "and I
also think for the people, because the best way to guarantee an
accurate title is one that is a consensus of the state lawmakers
and not just [that of] one or two elected officials."
In order to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the
ballot in Minnesota, the legislature must first pass it -- and that
is where ballot title language is decided. The state high court
ruled the constitution must be followed.