New campaign finance reports support the notion that the battle over the marriage amendment on Minnesota's fall ballot could be the most expensive campaign in state history.
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Group fighting marriage amendment has raised more than $1 million
The $1.2 million raised by Minnesotans United for All Families suggests the battle over the marriage amendment could be the most expensive campaign in the state this year. The leading group campaigning for the amendment will release its financial report Tuesday.
Northland priest quietly donates money to group against marriage amendment
Campaign finance records show Rev. Peter Lambert of St. Louis Catholic Church, about 45 miles west of Duluth, donated $1,000 about six months ago to Minnesotans United for All Families -- the primary group fighting the controversial ballot measure to essentially ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The News Tribune reports no other Minnesota priest in a recognized diocese has contributed to any group trying to defeat the constitutional amendment.
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.
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.
Battle over Minnesota marriage amendment headed to court
Supporters of the constitutional marriage amendment have filed a lawsuit asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to change the ballot title question back to “Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman." Last month, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson changed the tittle voters will see in November to “Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.”
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.
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."
Agency: Anti-marriage amendment donor can remain anonymous
The state campaign finance board ruled Friday that a man who contributed $600 to a group opposing the Minnesota marriage amendment can remain anonymous. The man feared he would be fired from his Catholic employer if word of his contribution became public since the Catholic Church is in favor of the amendment, which would effectively ban same-sex marriages.
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