Special report: Marriage — love or family?

Published 11:13 am Tuesday, October 30, 2012

--Illustration by Eric Johnson/Austin Daily Herald

Question: Should the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?

Marriage amendment quick facts:

—If the marriage amendment fails, it would not legalize gay marriage. It would not change the law, as it is not legal for same-sex couples to wed in Minnesota. 

—If the marriage amendment passes, it would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution, a change that would be difficult to undo.

—There is no neutrality on the ballot. Those who vote but don’t check ‘yes’ or ‘no’ are essentially ‘no’ votes, since the amendment needs a majority of all votes cast to pass, not a majority of the votes cast for the amendment.

No voters say don’t place limits on love

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