Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton symbolically vetoed the recently passed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. The legislature accidentally sent the measure to his office as a bill - which requires either a signature or a veto.
Constitutional amendments do not require a governor's signature, so the veto has no power. But since the amendment came to him as a bill, he felt the need to make his strong condemnation known.
"I do not have the power to prevent this divisive and destructive constitutional amendment from appearing on the ballot, in November 2012, the Legislature sent it to me in the form of a bill," he wrote in a letter to legislative leaders. "Thus, symbolic as it my be, I am exercising my legal responsibility to either sign or veto it."
He predicted the amendment will fail when it comes before Minnesotans. If that happens, Minnesota voters would be the first voters of dozens of states to reject a gay marriage ban.