MINNESOTA: State Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Hate Group On Ballot Wording
Minnesota's branch of NOM has won a state Supreme Court battle to overturn the gay-friendlier wording of the same-sex marriage ban question on November's ballot. The suit was brought by Minnesota For Marriage and 15 GOP members of the state legislature.
The Republican-controlled Legislature won a pair of battles over proposed constitutional amendments before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday. In a pair of 4-2 decisions, the court ruled: -- Against a petition from the League of Women Voters and other groups that the ballot language of the photo ID amendment was so unfair that the amendment should be taken from the ballot. -- In favor of petitions from the Legislature that their proposed titles for both the ID and marriage amendments should be used on the ballot, and not titles written by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.Ritchie's ballot title read "Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples." The wording now reverts to "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman." That one word, "limiting," properly framed the ballot item as restricting civil liberty. That's why our enemies hated it.