MN GOP Launches Petition Over Gay Marriage Title


The Minnesota Republican Party had launched a petition asking the public to oppose Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s proposed language for the November ballot measure that would enshrine a ban on marriage equality.

The petition reads (h/t Joe.My.God):

Then, Ritchie wants to change the title for the marriage amendment from “Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman” to “Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.” More confusion. More concealment. More obstruction of the democratic process.

The Minnesota Legislature, with the will of the people, already decided the ballot language. Mark Ritchie is defying the intent of legally and constitutionally passed legislation to fit his liberal agenda.

The petition then says “Help us STOP Mark Ritchie!” It doesn’t elaborate on how exactly they’ll do that, or where the petition is actually headed though. In fact, this seems to be nothing more than a chance to smear the Democratic secretary of state and to try to insinuate shady dealings where opposition to the anti-gay marriage amendment is concerned.

Also, it is difficult to see what is in fact confusing or being concealed by Ritchie’s proposed title, or how it is substantially different from the Republican-backed wording, other than making plain that the proposed amendment would enshrine that only opposite-sex couples will be able to marry in Minnesota and therein highlighting the fact that they will be defining away any future legalization of same-sex marriage.

It may be worth noting however that the language the GOP used is lifted from the National Organization for Marriage’s playbook on what works best to motivate voters into banning gay marriage.

This comes after Ritchie, late last month, invoked his authority as Secretary of State to issue new language, saying that the language passed by the legislature had been invalidated because Governor Dayton vetoed the constitutional amendment, even if it was only a symbolic gesture. In case of a veto, and subsequent veto override, Minnesota law gives the secretary of state the authority to choose an “appropriate title” for an amendment, provided the Attorney General agrees with it.

Fifteen GOP lawmakers have joined with anti-gay “pro-marriage” groups in a lawsuit challenging Ritchie’s authority to throw out the original language, saying that because the state’s governor could only issue a symbolic veto, that because of Minnesota law he could not in actuality veto the proposed amendment, the language was not really invalidated.


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Heather G.
Heather G.4 years ago

Elaine, when did you CHOOSE the hetero LIFESTYLE??

Jim D.
James Diotte4 years ago

Discrimination is the sin/evil! And how can you
say it is a choice? Your not gay! So you don't
know! You don't know! You think you know
but your only kidding yourself! God bless!
Did you chose the color of your hair?

Jim D.
James Diotte4 years ago

Homosexuality is not a sin! The state of being
one! I never chose! I was born this way! I think
you have too much pride! You chose? Yeh right! God gave men over to homosexuality

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

reece c. IT'S A LIFESTYLE.....A CHOICE YOU MADE! Only you know what went wrong on your life. It's not our job to figure it out for you. BUT YOU WERE NOT BORN THAT WAY, PERIOD!!!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

The Minnesota Legislature, with the will of the people, already decided the ballot language. Mark Ritchie is defying the intent of legally and constitutionally passed legislation to fit his liberal agenda.

AND, this is new with the Liberal Loons! ROTFLMAO!!!

reece castellano
reece C.4 years ago

What do you know about anything Kath?
Do you honestly believe that being gay is a CHOICE?
Do you really believe that we choose this life of discrimination and bigotry from others because we think it's fun?

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell4 years ago

Lloyd H and Amanda M, I wish I could send you both more stars.

The MN GOP is just upset that the Attorney General took away one of their favorite weapons - doublespeak. The GOP is famous for framing things in an Orwellian way: the "Clean Air Act" actually did away with many pollution regulations, the "Patriot Act" took away many of the rights enshrined in the Constitution that any true patriot would cherish, the "Defense of Marriage Act" denies the rights for states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

So, now that they aren't able to use their Orwellian language on the amendment they cry foul. Boo, freaking, hoo. Try being somebody whose life-long partner is dying in the hospital but you aren't allowed to see him/her because you aren't married, or having all of your shared possessions go to homophobic relatives who don't care that you and your partner spent 40 years building that life together.

I'm so sick of these guys shoving their religion down the rest of our throats. We live in a secular country with many different religious beliefs, all of which need to be respected. If your religion says that same-sex marriage is wrong, don't marry somebody of the same sex, but don't try to keep others from doing so.

Jane H.
Jane H.4 years ago

How I would love it if Minnesote didn't ban gay marriage!!

Carole L.
Carole L.4 years ago

Vasu M.
“"This is God's will--your sanctification, that you keep yourselves from sexual immorality, that each of you learn how to take his own wife in purity and honor, not in lustful passion like the gentiles who have no knowledge of God." (I Thessalonians 4:3-5)”

So what this says is; do not enjoy sex or you’ll go to hell. Only have sex to procreate and that is all. No wonder the Fright Reich christains are so pissy all the time. they’re sexually frustrated.

Kath N.
“one man one woman , there is no other way to continue on this planet. everything that is was created.”

You just keep poppin out those babies like a pez dispenser with that one man of yours, that'll teach those degenerates.

Carole L.
Carole L.4 years ago

rob D
“Just let the people vote on it. They can decide regardless of the title. It either allows same sex marriage or it prohibits same sex marriage. If the people want to prevent same sex marriage in MN they need to vote on this. We did in NC and it won by a landslide because the great majority of voters did not want same sex marriage. Let the people of the state decide. Not a judge!”

So what gives citizens the right to decide the civil rights of other citizens?

Michele H.
“Marriage IS one man and one woman. Same sex marriage is an atrocity.”

So tell me Michele, did you get married simply to have sex like a rabbit? Which according to Vasu’s post is a sin. Or to spend the rest of your life with the person you love? How is marrying the one you love an atrocity? Maybe same sex couples could just jump over a broom, would that make you happy?