Latinos could be key demographic in Minnesota's marriage debate

Minnesota's 100,000 Latino voters are overwhelmingly Catholic and the church favors a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of an opposite sex couple. But opponents of the amendment say they've made inroads in their efforts to win over Latino voters.
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Minnesota's 100,000 Latino voters are overwhelmingly Catholic and the church favors a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of an opposite sex couple. But opponents of the amendment say they've made inroads in their efforts to win over Latino voters.

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After so many fierce debates, months of campaigning and millions of dollars spent, the marriage amendment could be decided by people who leave the question blank on their ballots, MPR reports. A blank ballot counts as a "no" vote on the question of whether a marriage should be defined in the state constitution as between a man and woman. To be approved, the measure needs 50 percent of voters to vote "yes."

Can 'true Catholics' support same-sex marriage?

Former Roman Catholic priest Jim Smith left the church about 10 years ago. He told CNN his main concern was with the church's stance against same-sex marriage. Smith says he is still a Catholic despite actively campaigning against Minnesota's constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between one man and one woman. He has also formed a group to persuade other Catholics to vote against the measure this fall.

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St. Paul-area Lutherans assembling in Burnsville, and separately, Gov. Mark Dayton and other activists holding "house parties" around the state, demonstrated their opposition to an amendment to the state Constitution that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Debate intensifies as marriage vote nears

The war over marriage in Minnesota has reached all corners of the state. Some dispatches from the front: Pro-amendment signs were vandalized at a Bemidji church. A local Ely newspaper owner says gay couples can take their wedding announcements elsewhere. And high-profile GOP operative Michael Brodkorb – among the very strategists who helped get the amendment on the ballot – says he will vote no.

Marriage amendment mobilizes faithful on both sides

Discussions about same-sex marriage have been playing out in faith communities for years, and the debate has grown louder in Minnesota as a vote looms on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Catholics and evangelical churches strongly support it. On Thursday, more than 100 religious leaders who oppose it will hold a faith summit in Minneapolis.

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This fall, Minnesota voters will also decide whether the state's constitution should be amended to formally define marriage between one man and one woman. Tuesday, North Carolinians voted in favor of an amendment that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions. CNN has reaction from both sides ...