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Minnesota Poll on Marraige

Timothy Kincaid

May 1st, 2009

From the Star Tribune:

As you may know, the Iowa Supreme Court recently legalized same-sex marriage in that state by declaring unconstitutional a state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Do you believe Minnesota should pass a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage or legalize same-sex marriage or make no changes in its marriage laws and leave it to the Minnesota Supreme Court to interpret the state Constitution?

33% Prohibit same-sex marriage
25% Legalize same-sex marriage
35% Leave it to the MN Supreme Court
6% Don’t know/refused



May 1st, 2009 | LINK

Huh, I’m pleasantly surprised, I would have thought there’d be majority support for prohibition, though I’m not that knowledgeable about Minnesota.

May 1st, 2009 | LINK

“Leave it to the Supreme Court”…never seen that as an option in one of these polls.

May 1st, 2009 | LINK

I’ve never seen that option before either.

Of course the Supreme Court of Minnesota already heard a case on SSM back in 1971, though that was based on Loving V. Virginia applying to SSM (Which led to SCOTUS dismissing it as an unsubstantial Federal question, a decision unappeable to appellate courts until it reverses that) not the State Constitution.

May 4th, 2009 | LINK

So 35% either don’t care, want to shirk the problem, or are wonderfully humble and faithful in the greater wisdom of their judges. Whatever the case(s), I’m surprised it’s that high. I’d expect 5-10%.

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