Tuesday, January 27, 2015

House Republicans Submit Resolution to Ban Gay Marriage in Iowa

It's been nearly six years since Iowa became a marriage equality state. There have been a few hiccups along the way, but things have largely gone smoothly. But that didn't stop a group of Iowa House Republicans from filing a constitutional amendment that would ban the recognition of gay marriage:
This afternoon, a small group of Republican Representatives in the Iowa House submitted a resolution that would ban marriage for thousands of loving and committed gay and lesbian couples in Iowa. House Joint Resolution 4 would seek to amend Iowa’s Constitution so that “marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only legal union valid or recognized in this state.”

House Joint Resolution 4 was introduced by Representatives Greg Heartsill, Steven Holt, John Wills, Clel Baudler, Sandy Salmon, Tedd Gassman, Dean Fisher, Larry Sheets, Matt Windschitl, Terry Baxter, John Kooiker and Ralph Watts. Click here for copy of House Joint Resolution 4.
It's been noted elsewhere that 56 GOP House members co-sponsored a similar anti-marriage amendment back in 2011, as compared to only 12 House Republicans this year. It's also interesting to note that most of this batch of co-sponsors are relatively new House members.

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