Wednesday, November 7, 2012
While proponents were saying the race was still too early to call, the Associated Press called the race shortly before 2 a.m. The vote means the state constitution will not define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The Minnesota Marriage Amendment has been rejected. The campaign to amend the Minnesota state constitution to limit the definition of marriage to strictly between heterosexual couples was defeated Tuesday by more than 51 percent of a statewide vote. With 92 percent of state precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday that Amendment 1—informally known as the Minnesota Marriage Amendment—had failed: "Vote No" won. Speaking to a cheering crowd of hundreds at St Paul's River Centre, Richard Carlbom, the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, told audiences that Minnesota was the first state in the nation to reject a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage at the ballot …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Video from various spots around the metro, including Republican Party headquarters in Bloomington and the DFL Party's gathering in Minneapolis.
Red. Blue. Downtown or Southtown, we will have it covered tonight as election results come in around the Twin Cities. Twin Cities Patch sites are teaming up with our friends at TheUptake to bring video coverage from various sites tonight as we wrap up this historic election. The embedded player allows you to change feeds, or "channels," to check out the coverage and interviews you want to see. Thanks for "tuning in," and enjoy a whole new way to take in the Election Night.
Minnesota voters young and old used Twitter to talk about their Minnesota Election decisions, particularly on the proposed Marriage Amendment.
We followed a few common topics around the Twin Cities, including both sides of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment vote, and found what people were talking about on social media this Election Day. A reminder, though, that Tweeting a photo of your ballot, filled out, is stongly discouraged by the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office. Take a look.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Despite support from the Minnesota GOP, Patch's panel thinks the amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman will fall short.
Twin Cities Republicans aren't confident the so-called Marriage Amendment will make its way into the constitution after Tuesday's general election. In a flash poll issued Friday to Patch's panel of Republican politicians and activists, the majority believed the amendment, which requires a "yes" vote to be added to the constitution by voters, would fall short. About 57 percent of the 33 survey responders said the amendment would fall short. Our Republican panel also felt Barack Obama, running to remain president, had conducted a better campaign in Minnesota, a state he's favored to win in Tuesday night's election. "It's going to be exceedingly close, on the Presidential race and on both amendment questions," one pundit said. The …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Roughly 60 volunteers telephoned voters from First United Church of Christ of Northfield on Saturday.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog If a South Metro resident received a phone call concerning Minnesota’s proposed marriage constitutional amendment last weekend, that call probably originated in Northfield. First United Church of Christ of Northfield played host on Saturday to a phonathon conducted by Minnesotans United for All Families. On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, which would limit marriage to opposite sex couples. Minnesotans United is the official campaign opposed to the proposed amendment. Phonathon organizers said early Saturday afternoon that volunteers were on pace to make more than 3,000 …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Participants were urged to turn the same-sex marriage debate toward the personal.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog Paul Melchert met his partner James eight years ago and fell in love while training for a triathlon. Veda Kanitz' favorite sister is in a committed relationship with another woman. It was stories like these that marriage amendment opponents shared during a town hall meeting in Eagan on Tuesday evening. The meeting, organized by Minnesotans United for All Families and held at their Eagan office, was designed to present and refute the arguments of Minnesota for Marriage, the group supporting the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Kate Brickman, the press secretary for Minnesotans United, said she wanted to bring together …
Friday, July 27, 2012
From Saturday to Monday, Minnesotans United plans to bring in thousands of volunteers to participate in marathon phone banks and trainings.
Sunday will mark 100 days until Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state Constitution. [Related: POLL: Do You Approve Of The Marriage Amendment's Ballot Title?] Minnesotans United for All Families is planning to embark on a "massive statewide effort to reach out to 100,000 voters over a three-day period" to garner support to defeat the amendment, according to a press release. [Related: Momentum Grows to Defeat Amendment Limiting Freedom to Marry] The statement says that from Saturday to Monday, Minnesotans United will bring in thousands of volunteers to participate in marathon phone banks aimed at talking to voters about what marriage means and who…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A list of those that have come out in favor of a proposal for the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution, reflecting existing state statute. The following companies have come out in favor of the amendment. (Click here for a list of companies that oppose the amendment.) Do you know of a company or business leader who’s taken a stand on the issue—either for or against? Let us know in the comments below. How do you feel about the companies' stands? Take our poll: Should Companies Take Positions on Social Issues? *** Companies That Support the Marriage Amendment
Monday, July 16, 2012
A list of those that have come out against a proposal for the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman—which would limit marriage to opposite sex couples. The following companies and business leaders have come out against the amendment. (Click here for a list of companies that support the amendment.) Do you know of a company or business leader who’s taken a stand on the issue—either for or against? Let us know in the comments below. How do you feel about the companies' stands? Take our poll: Should Companies Take Positions on Social Issues? *** Companies That Oppose the Marriage Amendment Business Leaders Who Oppose the Marriage Amendment
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dale Carpenter is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Minnesota.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Editor's Note: Prof. Dale Carpenter sent in this note in response to a poll and discussion on Patch about Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's choice of a title for a constitution amendment on the 2012 ballot that would ban same-sex marriage. One thing the news outlets have been missing is that it's actually the legal responsibility of the secretary of state, not the legislature, to determine the ballot title. That has been the case since 1919, when the Secretary of State was given authority to choose an "appropriate title" for amendments passed by the legislature. The idea is that the governmental body that wants the amendment should not be allowed single-handedly to stack the deck in its favor by choosing the title as well. It's a…