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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — What’s in a name? Just about everything, according to supporters of the marriage amendment on November’s ballot.

Pro-amendment forces are fuming after Secretary of State Mark Ritchie chose new wording for the title that will appear above the marriage amendment question.

Instead of “Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman,” the new title will read, “Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

Deputy Secretary of State Beth Fraser said titles are what her office does.

“In this case the Secretary [of State] has the authority to set the title,” she said.

It should be pointed out that the amendment question itself will stay the same.

It will read: “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?”

Nevertheless, amendment supporters are upset about different wording even in the title above the question — and are threatening to sue.

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