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USA, Oregon: State Supreme Court Upholds AG’s Ballot Title for Anti Gay Initiative

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Oregon Gay MarriageAn anti gay group pushing one of those “right to discriminate” bills lost their battle over the initiative title today.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Without comment, the court upheld a ballot title drafted by the Attorney General’s office that sponsors of the initiative had complained used “politically charged” wording that would bias voters against the measure, reports The Oregonian. Ballot titles are regarded as one of the most important parts of an initiative campaign because they appear on the ballot right above where voters mark either their “yes” or “no” vote. The certified ballot title contains the language: “Religious belief” exceptions to anti-discrimination laws for refusing services, other, for same-sex ceremonies, “arrangements.”

It’s a victory, but a bigger one would be to keep it off the ballot altogether.

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Oregon, USA: Marriage Equality Opponents’ Attempt to Rewrite Marriage Equality Initiative Title Rejected

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Basic Rights Oregon LogoAs they have in several other states, marriage equality opponents are trying to re-write the ballot title for a marriage equality initiative. Oregon Live reports:

The attorney general’s office on Friday announced its final wording on a ballot title — and it rejected the legal argument from an attorney for the Oregon Family Council that the title should reflect the notion that the initiative would require every governmental agency in Oregon to issue marriage licenses… Jeff Payne, an assistant attorney general, said in a letter to the state Elections Division that the argument made by opponents is questionable. And even if it turns out to be correct, “requiring officials other than county clerks to issue marriage licenses is a secondary effect of the measure, not its subject” and should thereby not be in the ballot title, he wrote.

If signature gathering is successful, the measure would go to the ballot in November of 2014. Basic Rights Oregon, the initiative’s sponsor, has until July to collect 116K signatures.

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Minnesota: AG Says Secretary of State Had Power to Change Marriage Equality Ban Title

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Minnesota Attorney General Says Secretary of State Had Power to Change Gay Marriage Ban TitleMinnesota’s attorney general argued Monday that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was acting within his power when he revised the title of a ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

The point is central to a brief submitted to the state Supreme Court by Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office on behalf of fellow Democrat Ritchie, both of whom were accused of political mischief for swapping a chosen title for a more pointed one. The original title was “Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman.” Ritchie’s replacement reads: “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples.”

The court filing said Ritchie was following a law that “plainly empowers the Secretary to provide titles for all proposed constitutional ballot questions.”

Authored By – See the Full Story at the Winona Daily News

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Minnesota, USA: Marriage Equality Foes Sue Over Ballot Title

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Minnesota Gay Marriage Foes Sue Over Ballot TitleSupporters 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.”

Authored By – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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