Supporters of a proposed gay marriage ban in Minnesota have asked the state Supreme Court to reject the amendment's ballot title.

Last month, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie eschewed the amendment title proposed by its Republican authors.

The amendment, which goes before voters in the fall, was originally titled, “Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman.”

However, state law provides that the Secretary of State “shall provide an appropriate title” for each constitutional amendment and further provides that “the title shall be approved by the attorney general.”

Ritchie selected and Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson approved the following title: “Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.”

Republican lawmakers and Minnesota for Marriage, the coalition of groups supporting the amendment, on Monday asked the high court to reinstate the original title, saying Ritchie exceeded his legal authority.

“I'm rather saddened to see a secretary of state get involved in a partisan” issue, said state Senator Warren Limmer, the amendment's chief supporter in the Senate.

“Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is attempting to subvert the will of the people of Minnesota,” stated Rep. Steve Drazkowski, a Republican from Mazeppa.

The title is important because only the title and a brief description, not the entire amendment, will appear on the ballot.

The question currently reads like this: “LIMITING THE STATUS OF MARRIAGE TO OPPOSITE SEX COUPLES 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?”

Governor Mark Dayton's supposedly symbolic vetoing of the amendment was used as reason for the change.

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