Candidate Positions on Same-sex marriage
The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."
Question: Do you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman?
ANSWER OPTION: The U.S. Constitution's framers felt that states, rather than the federal government, should maintain jurisdiction over most family law questions, thus the primary authority and responsibility to legislate in the domestic relations arena (which includes marriage, divorce, and child welfare) lies with the individual states. Never in our nation's history has the Constitution been amended to codify discrimination against a particular group of Americans. Since the Bill of Rights was adopted more than 200 years ago, the U.S. Constitution has been amended rarely. I believe that changing the U.S. Constitution should be approached with extreme caution and utilized only as a final option.