. . . and, no, I'm not talking about the "glitter bombing" of the anti-marriage equality group, Minnesota for Marriage.
Rather, I'm referring to the results of a straw poll conducted at the great Minnesota Get-Together, results that have led the Minnesota Independent to declare that: "Minnesota fair-goers reject constitutional ban on same-sex marriage."
Yes, of the record 12,549 people who participated in the 2011 House of Representatives State Fair Poll, 66.5 percent said the state constitution should not be amended to define marriage as "only a union of one man and one woman," while 29.8 percent believe the constitution should be changed.
As most of my readers know, this question will be asked on the November 2012 ballot. Could Minnesota be the first state to defeat an anti-marriage equality ballot initiative? It's hard to say, but these results certainly bode well for such an outcome.
The poll, conducted by the nonpartisan MN House Public Information Services, is described as an "informal, unscientific survey of issues discussed in prior legislative sessions and may again be topics of discussion in 2012."
In his Minnesota Independent article about the poll results, Andy Birkey notes that:
Both sides of the debate over the amendment rallied their troops to the fair to vote in the poll. Minnesota for Marriage, which supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and Minnesotans United for All Families, which opposes the amendment, sent email alerts to activists during the fair urging them to take the poll.
The poll had by far the highest turnout ever: 12,549 people took the poll compared to 9,926 last year.
Other controversial issues were on the poll this year as well. A slight majority favored requiring showing a photo identification in order to vote (50.8 to 46.4 percent), a majority objected to allowing the Legislature to call a special session (25.4 to 64.2 percent), and a slight majority approved of gambling expansion to generate new government revenue (51.6 to 40.1 percent).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Sharing the Good News of Marriage Equality at the Basilica Block Party
In the Struggle for Marriage Equality, MN Catholics are Making a Difference by Changing Hearts and Minds
NOM's Minnesota Battle Plan
Law Professor: Marriage Amendment is Divisive and Mean-Spirited
Winona Daily News Calls Proposed Marriage Amendment "Bigoted" and "Malicious"
Image: Michael J. Bayly (Minnesota State Fair, 2009).