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POLL: Do You Agree With the Supreme Court's Amendment Decisions?

On Monday, the justices voted 4-2 in favor of the Republican-controlled Legislature on the wording of the voter ID and same-sex marriage amendments.

On Nov. 6, the ballot titles and questions for the voter ID and same-sex marriage amendments will appear as the Republican-controlled Legislature wrote them, according to the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the wording legislators chose, instead of those submitted by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

On the ballot, the title above the voter ID amendment will be, "Photo Identification Required for Voting." Ritchie changed it to "Changes to In-Person & Absentee Voting & Voter Registration; Provisional Ballots," but Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea and justices G. Barry Anderson, Christopher Dietzen and David Stras rejected his change.

The title above the same-sex marriage amendment will say, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman." Ritchie wanted the title to say "Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples."

Justices Alan Page and Paul Anderson dissented from the majority opinion.

Now that you've read what the justices decided, what do you think? Explain your answer to the poll in the comments below.

Bauer September 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
People once freaked out because women and/or people of color voted also.
Rita Mix September 21, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Both proposed amendments are designed to build an electorate that will favor conservative candidates by 1.) reducing the number of voters overall and disenfranchising a segment more likely to vote for moderate or liberal candidates, and 2.) stirring up the far right on moral/religious issues that will get out the vote for candidates that are otherwise lacking in merit. There's no "putting the politics aside." Both proposals are entirely about favoring one political ideology over the others.
Allan September 25, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I feel obligated to respond to Colin's appeal to the "scientific method" to ascertain the truth or fiction of the existance of spacecraft from outside earth. Be aware, the scientific method REQUIRES a careful CONTROLLED experiment, wherein ALL potential variables that might influence the observation are in fact held constant, while those variables under study are varied in a defined manner. All decisions that do not meet these criteria are outside the providence of the scientific method. It makes me sick when I see/read/hear people trying to support their position on any issue on the basis of "false" science. It shows both their ignorance of science and its limitations and their susceptibility to questionable "truths". Global warming and evolution are two other subjects to which science can not provide a definitive answer for just those reasons that one can not perform a controlled experiement to verify such theories.
Colin Lee September 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Allan, your anti-science argument is quaint. If ALL variables were controllable in experiments, we never would've invented penicillin, plastic, the pacemaker, or Teflon. ALL variables are NEVER controllable. You just do the best you can. If we accept your premise, we have to throw out all of astronomy and much of geology.
Doomsayer2012 October 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Try buying a pack of smokes a stiff drink chasing a check driving a car even unless you are a illegal. Don't get your undies to tight because there is only 73 days left till DOOMSDAY

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