Two constitutional amendments are on the ballot on the November elections, but what exactly will voters be deciding? The language of the amendments is somewhat confusing, so here's what exactly is on the ballot.
The Minnesota Marriage Amendment
First, let's look at the most popular of the signs - the orange "Vote No - Don't Limit the Freedom to Marry" signs, and their opposition "Vote Yes Marriage One Man, One Woman" signs.
These signs are in response to The Minnesota Marriage Amendment.
The Minnesota Marriage Amendment asks voters to change the Minnesota Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Voting No simply means that the constitution will not be changed. Voting no will NOT make same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota.
Voting Yes will amend the constitution to define marriage between one man and one woman.
The vote has, to some, been interpreted as a vote to legalize same sex marriage. This is not correct. Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in Minnesota. And whatever the decision on the amendment, same-sex marriage will not be legalized in response to the vote.
<i>Next week: The second constitutional amendment on Voter ID, and the other Vote No/Vote Yes signs</i>.