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    MichaelNY, terrypinder

    #1 – It’s relatively easy to pass a constitutional amendment in MN. It takes only a majority of both houses in the legislature and a majority of voters voting yes (if you don’t vote on it, it counts as a “no”). There doesn’t need to be any kind of supermajority such as two-thirds – just simple majorities of the legislature and the voters. Because it’s so easy, the state constitution has been amended 120 times (over about 150 years).

    The 2012 Marriage Amendment was an end run around the governor. The governor doesn’t have the power to sign or veto an amendment. If the Republicans had passed a regular law, Governor Dayton (a Democrat) certainly would have vetoed it. By making it an amendment, they prevented the governor from doing anything.

    #2 – There were some stories, (including this one from WCCO), that the Republicans were worried that Amy Klobuchar would win re-election to the Senate, so they wanted something to fire up conservatives and evangelicals. So the one-man-one-woman amendment was a get-out-the-vote tactic.

    Hahahaha! It backfired. The amendment failed. Klobuchar was re-elected. And both state house and state senate turned from red to blue.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 07:04:12 PM PDT

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