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Iowa Gov. Culver Will Not Push Marriage Ban Amendment

Timothy Kincaid

April 7th, 2009

Finding no traction in the Iowa Senate or House in their desire to overturn marriage in Iowa, anti-gays were hoping that Governor Chet Culver, a Democrat that had indicated personal opposition to marriage equality, would call a special session to push through a marriage ban amendment. The Omaha World-Herald is reporting that their approaches have been rebuffed:

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said Tuesday he will not support a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court found that denying gay and lesbian couples marriage is discrimination under the Iowa Constitution’s equal protection clause. With that in mind, Culver said he is “reluctant” to add a provision to the constitution that was already found “unlawful and discriminatory.”

With the Senate and House leadership unwilling to bring an amendment up for a vote and the Governor unwilling to support their efforts, anti-gays are finding few available options left. Until such time as they can use homophobia as a basis for their political campaigns, they are limited in their response to ranting, raving, hand wringing, denouncing, whining, and pouting.

All of which they will do.

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RedFuzzyJesus
April 7th, 2009 | LINK

There is no stomach for an Iowa version of Prop 8. And, an amendment would require two consecutive election cycles. Unlikely. The anti-gay forces are losing swiftly and it is wonderful to watch.

Lori Hutcherson a.k.a. kcgirlgeek
April 8th, 2009 | LINK

It’s about time. I live in Missouri, and I am OVERJOYED to see a state at least near us, finding some common sense and making an intelligent decision in this regards.

Unconstitutional is unconstitutional, regardless of your personal beliefs or bias. Can homophobes not understand that the constitution that protects the rights of that gay person next door, is the very same one that protects their own rights? Do they not see the danger in writing discrimination into the law?

If we leverage laws against the LGBT community today, what is to prevent it being directed at another people group tomorrow? And do they not consider that they could be next?

AdrianT
April 8th, 2009 | LINK

“…ranting, raving, pouting…” Love it. I can’t help having a feeling of ‘Schadenfreude’ about this, Timothy. :-)

Great to see reason and decency have prevailed, for once.

Christina Brummett
April 10th, 2009 | LINK

I swear, if the RR has that much damn energy, they should learn to knit/crochet/sew/etc. and use the time and energy to make helmet liners for the troops or infant hats or blankets or anything else to help “…the least of these” during these troubling times. I’m not even a damn “Christian” and I’m more Christian than they are…at least if you worry about what Jesus said…

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