Also on the ballot this year are two constitutional amendments to the Minnesota constitution on the ballot. These are,
- The Minnesota Marriage Amendment
- The Minnesota Voter Identification Amendment
What is the Minnesota Marriage Amendment?
The Minnesota Marriage Amendment is often seen as, or referred to as, the "Anti-gay marriage amendment". The result of the vote on the Amendment will not actually allow gay marriage in Minnesota. Gay marriage is currently not legal in Minnesota. The aim of the amendment is to make gay marriage less likely to become legal in Minnesota.
The text of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, as it will appear on the ballots, is this,
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?
The Minnesota Marriage amendment seeks to change the constitution so that the only definition of marriage in Minnesota is between one man and one woman.
A vote of Yes would be a vote in support of changing the constitution, and defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. It would not ban gay marriage, since gay marriage is not currently recognized or legal in Minnesota. It would, however, make it considerably more difficult for any future legislation permitting gay marriage.
A vote of No would be a vote against the amendment, and not change the constitution. It wouldn't make gay marriage legal in Minnesota. Marriage between two men, or a marriage between two women, is not currently legal in Minnesota, and would not become legal with a No vote. However, a No vote would not create any extra obstacles for future legislation that may permit gay marriage in the future.
What will happen if you don't vote on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment?If you choose not to vote on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, then your vote will be counted as a No vote.
Q: Is it true that if I don't vote on a constitutional amendment, it is the same as a "no" vote? A: Yes, that is true. Constitutional amendments by law must be passed by a majority of all of the voters who vote on Election Day. Therefore, if you don't vote on this question the effect is the same as a "no" vote.
Where can I get more Information from Supporters and Opponents of the Amendment?Many organizations support or oppose the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.
The leading group opposing the Minnesota Marriage Amendment is the Minnesotans United for all Families organization.
The leading group supporting the Minnesota Marriage Amendment is the Minnesotans for Marriage organization.
What else will be on the ballot in Minnesota in 2012?Minnesota residents will be voting for their choice of,
U.S. President and Vice President,
Plus local offices which will vary by city and district. The full list of what will be on your ballot can be found at the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.