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100 days before election, marriage amendment campaigns most active

100 days before Election Day 2012, opponents of the marriage amendment embarked on a three-day phone blitz aimed at reaching 100,000 voters. Supporters of the amendment that would change the Minnesota Constitution to effectively ban gay marriage say they don't have to make as much noise. But they're quietly working to identify supporters and make sure they turn out at the polls.
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100 days before Election Day 2012, opponents of the marriage amendment embarked on a three-day phone blitz aimed at reaching 100,000 voters. Supporters of the amendment that would change the Minnesota Constitution to effectively ban gay marriage say they don't have to make as much noise. But they're quietly working to identify supporters and make sure they turn out at the polls.

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Cash floods into amendment campaigns

In just the last three days, nearly $1 million has been funneled into the campaigns on both sides of the two constitutional amendments on Minnesota's Election Day ballot, the Star Tribune reports. Among the donations, the Minnesota Family Council gave $500,000 to the effort supporting the amendment that would effectively ban gay marriage.

Clergy busy during final weekend of campaign for, against marriage amendment

Religious leaders are at the forefront of the final weekend of campaigning for and against the marriage amendment on Tuesday's ballot. More than 500 Christian leaders with the group Minnesota Pastors For Marriage released a statement in support of the amendment that would Constitutionally define marriage as an opposite sex union. Opponents planned a worship service followed by the blessing of a "Minnesota Votes No Tour" that will travel the state until Election Day.

Kriesel continues to campaign against marriage amendment

In a fundraising email for Minnesotans United, retiring state Rep. John Kriesel strongly encouraged people to make a donation because "defeating this amendment won't be cheap." The Republican lawmaker also wrote, "We’re facing a constitutional amendment this fall that threatens families. It aims to tell Minnesotans which committed couples are worthy of marriage in our state -- and worse, which ones aren’t."

Marriage amendment combatants raise more than $15M

The battle over the marriage amendment may be the most expensive fight ever in Minnesota over a ballot initiative, the Star Tribune reports. Even actor Brad Pitt has donated money. Opponents of the measure raised more than $10 million, and supporters raised about $5 million. Supporters of the other ballot measure, a constitutional amendment that would require voters to bring a photo ID to the polls, raised about $1.5 million, and opponents raked in $2.6 million.

Ritchie changes title of the marriage amendment ballot question

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has submitted the title “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples" to Attorney General Lori Swanson for final approval, the Associated Press reports. Supporters of the constitutional amendment want it titled, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman."

Backers of marriage amendment say opponents engage in stalking, harassment

Supporters of the marriage amendment say a social media tool being used by opponents amounts to harassment. It allows Facebook users to identify and contact friends who might plan to vote in favor of the Constitutional amendment, which would ban same-sex marriage. Users of the Facebook tool say it's no different than a conventional phone bank.

Clergy meet to plan campaign against marriage amendment

The leaders of dozens of churches and synagogues gathered in Minneapolis to compare notes on how to talk about the marriage amendment with their congregations. Minnesotans will vote this fall on whether to amend the Constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. The clergy who met Thursday are working to defeat the amendment. A similarly-sized group met in Eden Prairie last month to work on helping to pass it.

Marriage amendment allies, foes target black voters

Black voters in Minnesota are the latest audience sought by opponents and supporters of marriage amendment, the Star Tribune reports. The president of the national NAACP was in the state Monday to urge black voters to reject the ballot measure that would ban gay marriage. Church leaders are divided.