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Minnesotans evenly split on marriage amendment

The results of a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll show 46 percent of voters opposed to a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage in Minnesota, with 47 percent in favor of it. The gap has narrowed – a September survey said 43 percent would vote no and 50 percent yes.
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The results of a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll show 46 percent of voters opposed to a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage in Minnesota, with 47 percent in favor of it, KSTP reports. The gap has narrowed – a September survey said 43 percent would vote no and 50 percent yes.

Fifty percent of all votes cast must be "yes" votes for the measure to pass. If it passes, the state constitution would be amended to define marriage as between a man and woman.

Sharp debate over the highly divisive issue has reached many corners of the state. It's being debates in the state's small towns as well as cities In Grand Rapids, population 11,000, area churches are leading an effort to pass the amendment, MPR reports. And at Concordia College in Moorhead, there is a "Sin is Sin" vs. "Love is Love" T-shirt war brewing, MPR says.

Groups behind campaigns for both sides of the issue plan lots of TV ads between now and Election Day, KSTP reports:

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