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2 - Petitioner's Brief and Appendix

2 - Petitioner's Brief and Appendix

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~tateofjJlf[innesota
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WarrenLimmer,SteveCottwalt,DanHall,SteveDrazkowski,SeanNienow,PaulOazelka,JulianneOrtman,PeggyScott,MichelleBenson,ErnieLeidiger,BobDettmer,GlennGruenhagen,BobGunther,JoycePeppin,
and
MikeBenson,
allindividuals,registeredvoters,andMembersoftheMinnesotaLegislature;
JohnHeimberger,
anindividualandaregisteredvoter;and
MinnesotaforMarriage,
anassociationofindividualsandregisteredballotcommittee,
Petitioners,
vs.
MarkRitchie,
inhisofficialcapacityasSecretaryofStateoftheStateofMinnesota,and
LoriSwanson,
inherofficialcapacityasAttorneyGeneraloftheStateofMinnesota.
Respondents.
PETITIONERS'BRIEFANDAPPENDIX
ErickKaardal(Minn.229647)**
MOHRMANKAARDAL,
P
.A.
33SouthSixthStreet,Suite4100MinneapolisMN55402Telephone:(612)341-1074Facsimile:(612)341-1076kaardal@mklaw.comCletaMitchell(D.C.433386)"'''*
ACTRIGHTLEGALFOUNDATION
2029KStreetNW,Ste300Washington,DC20006Telephone(202)683-9405Facsimile(888)815-5641cmitchell@actright.comAustinR.Nimocks(Tex.24002695)*
ALLIANCEDEFENDINGFREEDOM
2029KStreetNW,Suite300Washington,DC20006Telephone:(202)393-8690Facsimile:(480)444-0028animocks@telladf.org
COUNSELFORPETITIONERS
*ProHacViceMotionsPending/\LeadCounsel
**
LocalCounsel(AdditionalCounselonInsideCover)
 
TABLEOFCONTENTS
TABLEOFAUTHORITIES
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ISSUESPRESENTED..1STATEMENTOFTHECASE....................................................................2STATEMENTOFTHEFACTS3ARGUMENT6Introduction6
1.
TheSecretaryViolatedtheSeparationofPowersDoctrineunderMinnesotaConstitution,ArticleIII,Section1,byAttemptingtoSubstituteHisBallotTitleinPlaceoftheBallotTitleAdoptedbytheLegislature.........7A.TheLegislatureHastheExclusiveAuthoritytoProposeConstitutionalAmendments.9B.TheSecretary'sMinisterialAuthoritytoProvideaTitleDoesNotAuthorizeHimtoSubstituteHisJudgmentfortheLegislature's.11C.AnyAuthorityVestedintheSecretarytoTitleanAmendmentWasSupersededBytheLegislatureWhen
It
TitledTheMarriageAmendment.12D.TheGovernor'sSymbolic"Veto"HasNoLegalEffectonaProposedConstitutionalAmendmentandDoesNotTransferPowerfromtheLegislaturetoAnotherExecutiveBranchOfficial.13II.TheSecretary'sBallotTitleIsNotAppropriateBecauseHeMisstatesorIgnorestheRecognitionofMarriageinMinnesota.16CONCLUSION19CERTIFICATIONOFBRIEFLENGTH21
1
 
TABLEOFAUTHORITIESMINNESOTACONSTITUIONALPROVISIONSMinn.Const.,art.IX,§11,3,6,9,10Minn.Const.,art.III,
§
11,7,8STATESTATUESMinn.Stat.§204B.441,3,7Minn.Stat.§204D.151,2,4,10,11,12,13,15Minn.Stat.§517.012,6,18Minn.Stat.§517.022Minn.Stat.§517.032,18CASES
Bakerv.Nelson,
191N.W.2d185(Minn.1971)18
Braytonv.Pawlenty,
768N.W.2d357(Minn.2010)8
Brezav.KifJmeyer,
723N.W.2d633(Minn.2006)17n.3
Clarkv.Pawlenty,
755N.W.2d293(Minn.2008)15
CommitmentofGiem,
742N.W.422(Minn.2007)11
Hasslerv.Engberg,
233Minn.487,48N.W.2d343(1951)11
Irwinv.Surdyk'sLiquor,
599N.W.2d132(Minn.1999)1,8
MatterofWelfareofRAV,
464N.W.2d507(Minn.1991)13
Sharoodv.Hatfeld,
210N.W.2d275(Minn.1973)8
Statev.Duluth
&
NorthernMinnesotaRailwayCo.,
102Minn.26,112N.W.897(1907)12,15
Statev.Johnson,
514N.W.2d551(Minn.1994)12
Stateexrel.Marrv.Stearns,
72Minn.200,75N.W.210(1898)1,10,14,17n.3
Weilerv.Ritchie,
788N.W.2d879(Minn.2010)17
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