Minnesotans are not deciding this November whether same-sex couples can marry.
They can't, under state law, and the outcome of the vote will do nothing to change that.
So, what's the point?
What's at stake, say advocates on both sides, is how Minnesota will be set up to grapple with gay marriage in the future.
To Jason Adkins, vice chairman of the campaign supporting the proposed amendment, the vote is the public's chance to weigh in before the "elites" get a chance to redefine marriage through the courts or Legislature....