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Attorney General's Opinion Letter 120-2004

Topics:

Fair Ballot Language.
Joint resolutions.

Summary conclusion

Review and approval of legal content and form of a summary statement prepared pursuant to Section 116.175, RSMo, and fair ballot language prepared pursuant to Section 116.025, RSMo, concerning a proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Missouri General Assembly (Senate Joint Resolution No. 29) relating to marriage.

Contents of letter

June 3, 2004

Honorable Matt Blunt
Missouri Secretary of State
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Dear Secretary Blunt:

 You have submitted to us a summary statement for Senate Joint Resolution No. 29 submitted by the Missouri General Assembly. The summary statement, prepared pursuant to Section 116.160, RSMo, is as follows:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman?

Pursuant to Section 116.160, we approve the legal content and form of the proposed statement.

You have also submitted to us proposed fair ballot language statements for the same measure. The fair ballot language statements, prepared pursuant to Section 116.025, RSMo, are as follows:

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution so that to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution in the manner described above.

This measure will have no impact on taxes.

 Pursuant to Section 116.025, we approve the legal content and form of the proposed fair ballot language statements.

 Since our review of the summary statement and fair ballot language statements are mandated by statute, no action we take with respect to such review should be construed as an endorsement of the Senate Joint Resolution or as the expression of any view regarding the objectives of its proponents.

Sincerely,
Jay Nixon's signature
JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON
Attorney General

Karen King Mitchell
Chief Deputy Attorney General

 
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