ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new court filing contends Minnesota legislators hold all the power to fashion titles for constitutional ballot questions and suggests the secretary of state has chosen a substitute meant to sway votes on a gay marriage measure.
Lawyers for Republican lawmakers and the Minnesota for Marriage submitted a brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday. It's the last filing before the high court hears arguments about a title switch. The swap surprised backers of a ballot measure to add a same-sex marriage ban to Minnesota's constitution.
Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reworked the title due to appear above the question, citing authority under state law. His would read: "Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples."
Amendment backers say the new name could tilt votes against it.
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