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Minn. Orchestra against proposed marriage amendment

Musicians with the Minnesota Orchestra are the latest group to oppose the constitutional marriage amendment, WCCO reports. It seeks to define marriage solely between one man and one woman in Minnesota. Voters will decide during the general election this fall.
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Musicians with the Minnesota Orchestra are the latest group to oppose the constitutional marriage amendment, WCCO reports. It seeks to define marriage solely between one man and one woman in Minnesota. Voters will decide during the general election this fall.

General Mills, Thomson Reuters and St. Jude Medical are among high-profile Minnesota companies against the marriage amendment.

The Minnesota Supreme Court will begin hearing augments about the wording of the ballot title for both the marriage amendment and voter ID amendment on Tuesday.

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