Candidate Positions on Same-sex marriage
Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.
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.