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Poll shows Minnesota divided over marriage amendment

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows Minnesotans are about evenly divided over a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

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Six weeks before Election Day, 49 percent of the likely voters polled supported the proposed amendment, while 47 percent opposed it. The two-point difference is within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Four percent of those polled said they were undecided.

The poll (http://bit.ly/Uq6TVB ) surveyed 800 likely voters between Sept. 17 and 19.

Minnesota law requires constitutional amendments to be approved by a majority of all ballots cast. Voters who skip the question are counted as votes against it.

Minnesota law forbids same-sex marriage, but amendment supporters say the change is needed to prevent judges or legislators from changing the law later to legalize it.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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