BackgroundLike many states, Minnesota does not allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Nor does the state recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. But to opponents of gay rights and same-sex marriage, the law is not enough. They wanted to ensure that same-sex couples will not be allowed to marry in the future by changing the state's constitution.
Gay rights opponents tried to make Minnesota the latest state with a constitutional ban on gay marriage, but they failed. Voters rejected the anti-gay Minnesota Marriage Amendment.
Text of Minnesota Marriage Amendment"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?"
A vote of NO will be a vote against changing the Minnesota constitution. A no vote will not make gay marriage legal in Minnesota. Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Minnesota and this constitutional amendment will not change that.
A Yes vote is a vote in favor of changing the Minnesota constitution and defining marriage as only between one man and one woman. It will not change current marriage law, since marriage is not currently recognized between same-sex couples anyway. A Yes vote will make it harder for gay marriage to become legal at any time in the future for same-sex couples.