Iowa Civil Rights Commission backs Gay Marriage resolution

Iowa Civil RightsThe Iowa Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), a leading civil rights panel in the state, has voted in favor of a resolution supporting gay marriage and to formally oppose any constitutional amendment that would overturn the decision.

“The ICRC supports the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court decision on civil marriage equality for all adults and opposes efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision,” the six member ICRC panel stated.

The resolution was approved unanimously on Thursday.

The Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on April 3; the seven-justice panel ruled without dissent, many considering their opinion among the strongest in favor of gay marriage yet.

Social conservatives have called for placing a gay marriage ban in the Iowa Constitution. But unlike states such as California which allow voter-initiated amendments, a constitutional amendment must be approved by legislators before heading to voters in Iowa.

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