Minnesota voters, in addition to casting their ballots for presidential, state and local elections on Nov. 6, will decide the fate of two Minnesota constitutional amendments.
Amendment 1 is the recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman.
Amendment 2 is about whether photo identification should be required for voting.
A "yes" vote on Amendment 1 would be a vote for the amendment, and change the constitution to specifically define marriage as between one man and one woman. It would make future legislation legalizing gay marriage more difficult to create.
A "no" vote would be a vote to not change the constitution. A no vote would not make gay marriage legal, and would not change any other Minnesota law. But, a no vote would be in favor of preventing a serious obstacle for any future gay marriage legislation.
A "yes" vote on Amendment 2 would amend the Minnesota Constitution to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013.
Several polls indicate Minnesota voters are split fairly evenly on both amendments.
The Minnesota Council of Churches is convening gatherings throughout the state to provide people an opportunity to share their opinions about the Marriage Amendment.
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