Friday, July 13, 2012

Gazelka Doesn't Like Marriage Amendment Language

State Senator Paul Gazelka claims Secretary of State Mark Ritchie exceeded his authority by changing the title of the Marriage Amendment on the ballot this November.

Republican Gazeklka says that while Minnesota Statutes allow the Secretary of State provide an appropriate title for each constitutional amendment, it is an authority given to the Secretary of State by the Legislature. It is not written in the Minnesota Constitution.

Gazelka says it is illogical to assume that the Minnesota Legislature would intend the Secretary of State to provide a different, more convoluted title for voters.

The Legislature wrote: "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman."

Secretary Ritchies proposed title is: "Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples.''

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