A marriage amendment in Minnesota

In May, North Carolinians went to the polls and easily approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Minnesota voters will consider a similar amendment in November, and it appears to be a much tighter race. According to the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, it’s a statistical dead heat. “Among likely voters, 49 percent would approve constitutional language that defines marriage as only the union of a man and woman. Another 47 percent oppose the measure, while 4 percent are undecided….

The poll shows overwhelming support for civil unions that would offer gay and lesbian couples the same legal rights as marriage. Overall, 68 percent of respondents would support civil unions while only 23 percent would oppose them. The support cuts across every demographic and party line.”

So, in addition to the race for the presidency, there’s another election going on that will be interesting to watch.

— John Robinson

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