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Iowa House passes amendment in hopes voters will repeal same-sex marriage law

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

DES MOINES — The Iowa state House on Tuesday passed an amendment that seeks to repeal the state’s marriage equality law, and deny any form of legal recognition for gay couples.

The amendment, House Joint Resolution 6, passed by a vote of 62-37, and would prohibit not only same-sex marriage, but also civil unions and domestic partnerships.

“The proposed amendment devalues families and divides Iowans,” said Carolyn Jenison, Executive Director of One Iowa, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.

“The Constitution is meant to protect the freedoms and liberties of all Iowans. It is inappropriate to use the political process to single out and deny a group of Iowans of their constitutional protections,” said Jenison.

The bill now moves on to the Iowa Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to fight attempts to pass the amendment.

The measure must be approved by both houses of the Iowa legislature in two consecutive legislative sessions before being put up for referendum.

If passed by the Senate, the issue could be on the ballot as soon as 2013, but if Gronstal is successful in blocking a Senate vote this year, the earliest it would go before voters would be 2014.

At a public hearing Monday night, dozens of citizens lined up to speak for and against the marriage amendment, including one impassioned, well-spoken son of gay parents, and a former three-term state senator who said his previous support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was misguided.

Civil rights advocates have blasted the proposed resolution as nothing more than writing prejudice and discrimination into the constitution.

Supporters of the amendment said Iowans should have a chance to vote on whether to allow same-sex marriage.

In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution.

In June 2010, fourteen months after the Iowa Supreme Court ruling, a KCCI-TV poll found 53% of Iowans favored marriage rights for same-sex couples, while 41% were opposed.

An earlier Des Moines Register Iowa Poll said 62% of Iowans felt lawmakers had more important things to worry about than same-sex marriage.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. fuck you all!!!
    This is supposed to America!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:25pm
  2. what a bunch of assholes.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:25pm
  3. boooooo!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:25pm
  4. Boooo!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:27pm
  5. Fuck. Them.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:27pm
  6. This is such Bullshit >.<

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:27pm
  7. Nuuu!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:27pm
  8. Who voted 4 those idiots I didnt

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:28pm
  9. DISLIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:30pm
  10. It won’t pass, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D) will REFUSE to bring it up for a vote, thank God.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:30pm
  11. Bull S–t.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:32pm
  12. Well! That’s not very nice at all.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:34pm
  13. We won’t stop we’re hear we’re queer its time for gays on strike!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:44pm
  14. this is nothing short of bull s**t i cant believe people are still so ignorant! we all deserve the same rights!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 10:17pm
  15. This is not right. You guys making these laws are wrong, but to blind to see.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 4:06am
  16. Dislike*

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 12:41pm
  17. If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13

    Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts oftheir own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, andworshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them upunto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also themen, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. Romans 1: 24, 25, 26, 27.

    The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: forall that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 22:5.

    Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner,giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forthfor an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 7

    Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit thekingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, noridolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers ofthemselves with mankind. 1 Corinthians 6: 9.

    Knowing this, that the law is not madefor a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and forsinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers ofmothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselveswith mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be anyother thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. 1 Timothy 1:9,10.

    And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put todeath: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast,and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surelybe put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Lev 20: 15, 16.

    Thou shalt not lie with mankind, aswith womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Leviticus 18: 22, 23.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 12:47pm
  18. Wasn't there a separation of Church and State? Yes? Yeah? Okay. :D Shut the fuck up! Stupid bible-humpers pushing their beliefs onto everyone else.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 8:44pm
  19. your going to deny any thing to do with gay couples? Kiss my ass this law is not the way I wanted there’s nothing wrong with gay couples having there rights as married couples.

    Posted on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 1:05pm
  20. It’s time to end discrimination once and for all! Those who want to pass this bill are nothing but homophobes!! I say BOO!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:55pm