Which pockets of Minnesota were most and least supportive of the marriage amendment? You can probably make pretty good guesses about both lists, cobbled together by TheColu.mn, an online magazine for the LGBT community. Then again, you might be surprised. Do you live in any of these 10?
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."
Voters say political signs and messages were seen Tuesday morning at churches serving as polling places. MPR reports a banner read "Strengthen Marriage, don’t redefine it" at Saint John Vianney in South St. Paul just outside the voter entrance.
Two fights over voter IDs and gay marriage have divided the state, sparked fierce debates across Minnesota and led to more than $20 million in spending by supporters and opponents. Now another question remains: Will voter turnout for those two ballot measures affect the outcome of other races?
Minnesota's Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told WCCO on Sunday that St. Louis County could delay statewide Election Day results more than previous elections. Ritchie said three write-in candidates looking to replace former state Rep. Kerry Gauthier will have to be hand counted. “We estimate that this may go to 1 a.m., 2 a.m., perhaps a little bit longer, in the morning,” he said.
The Pioneer Press published an editorial Saturday on various views surrounding the proposed marriage amendment in Minnesota. In the article, the paper claims they "are not endorsing one way or another," but many are claiming the piece very clearly takes a side. One of them is Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who says he will no longer contribute blogs to the paper.
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.
Celebrities Brad Pitt, Anne Hathaway and stars of ABC's hit show Modern Family are making efforts to support gay marriage initiatives on the ballot in four states.
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.
Minnesotans United for All Families, the driving force behind the campaign to defeat the proposed marriage amendment, raised $3 million from Sept. 19 to Oct. 22. The group's main opponent, Minnesotans for Marriage, says they raised about $2.4 million in the same time period.
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.
A leader of the Minnesota for Marriage campaign pushing for approval of the marriage amendment has likened his anti-amendment foes to Adoph Hitler. Minnesota for Marriage has apologized for the comments and told the pastor to stick to his talking points.
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.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe debated Minnesota's controversial marriage amendment Friday night at the Brave New Workshop in downtown Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reports. Tom Barnard, a popular KQRS radio personality, played the role of moderator. Kluwe invited several supporters of the ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage in the state, including former Vikings center Matt Birk and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, but no one agreed to the debate.
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.
With a healthy lead in the polls, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is spending some of her political capital in the divisive fight over the marriage amendment. In a new email to potential donors, Klobuchar says she has pledged to help raise $10,000 for the fight against the controversial state ballot measure that would define marriage as between a man and woman.
The marriage and voter ID amendments need the support of a majority of Minnesotans who vote in November to become part of the state Constitution. The latest poll shows the marriage amendment supported by 49 percent of respondents, while 51 percent back the voter ID measure.
With just weeks to go before a vote in Minnesota on a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage, state bishops in a letter to Minnesota Catholics this week are asking them to contribute to Minnesota for Marriage, the leading pro-amendment group, the Star Tribune reports. It's an unusually direct and explicit ask of the church's faithful, one observer says.
Two new Minnesota Polls by the Star Tribune find a statistical dead head in the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, but a slight edge for support of a constitutional change that would require voters to show a government-issued photo ID.
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.
The group Minnesotans United for All Families, the leading opponent of a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage, has released its first TV ad in the Twin Cities and Duluth. It features a Catholic, Republican couple from Savage who opposes the measure.