Marriage Amendment Supporters and Foes Take Different Tactics to Rally Support

Updated: 11/05/2012 3:51 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Egert

In our latest Survey USA poll, 47-percent of people said they’d vote yes to change the state constitution and define marriage as between one man and one woman.

48-percent said they’d vote against it.

5-percent say they're still undecided.

Both sides of the marriage debate are excited and energized to get you to walk in here, close this curtain, and make your decision.  But they certainly have different approaches on how to make that happen.

"Vote No" chose to spend the critical hours before the election touring Minnesota by RV - rallying volunteers.

Grant Stevenson Faith Director for Minnesotans United For All Families told a crowd of volunteers in Coon Rapids Monday, “Thank you, this is the work, what you are doing today, on phones and the doors, you are pushing us ahead."

Minnesotans United For All Families opposes the amendment -- and is clearly rallying around new poll numbers that give the “Vote No” group a razor thin lead.

"We are going to empower our people to actually believe in love, commitment, responsibility, and freedom," said the group’s campaign manager Richard Carlbloom.

In contrast -- at Minnesota For Marriage's headquarters in Saint Anthony -- volunteers are working the phones quietly.  No speeches or pep rallies, just a steady stream of calls to get people to "vote yes" to support marriage to be defined as between one man and one woman.

Volunteers hoped to make 100-thousand calls a day from October 27th -- until the moment the polls close.

Autumn Leva with Minnesota For Marriage told us,” We are confident there will be a decision on Tuesday night.  It may be late, but we are confident there will be a decision."

50-percent of the vote is needed in order for the constitution to be changed.

If the numbers are too close to call, there isn’t an automatic recount on constitutional amendments.  But assuming there were would be a voter challenge, or lawsuit filed -- a final decision would come from a three-judge panel, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.