After three Iowa State Supreme Court justices were removed from office last November (which was due in large part to a statewide ouster campaign run by the National Organization for Marriage) Iowa Republicans are taking yet another step to repeal same-sex marriage rights.
Fifty-six of the GOP’s 60-member majority have signed on as co-sponsors to a bill that would not only ban same-sex marriage, but would also ban civil unions, domestic partnerships and any other legal recognition of same-sex couples.
Fifty-six of the GOP’s 60-member majority signed on as co-sponsors to House Joint Resolution 6. Four Republican lawmakers — Peter Cownie, Steven Lukan, Scott Raecker and David Tjepkes — and all 40 Democrats refused to sign on as co-sponsors. The legislation goes beyond just banning same-sex marriage. It would also ban civil unions, domestic partnerships and any other legal recognition of same-sex couples.
There have been numerous previous attempts by the Iowa legislature to invalidate the 2009 Varnum v. Brien decision — gay marriage opponents came closest to repeal in 2004 when a bill cleared the Iowa House but fell one vote shy of passage in the Senate, with four Republicans joining all 21 Democrats to kill the measure .
Democrats hold a 26-24 advantage in the Iowa Senate and Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to block any vote on an amendment to the state’s constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.
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Too bad the bigots are in charge of the house. Obviously they care NOTHING for the citizens of Iowa or America in general. These are the people who will bring down our country if left unopposed.