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Iowans Not Calling for Anti-Gay Amendment

Timothy Kincaid

September 21st, 2009

The Des Moines Register released their Iowa Poll. And while it suggests that the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage isn’t particularly popular, it really hasn’t riled up the Iowans.

The poll shows that 26 percent of Iowans favor April’s unanimous court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, 43 percent oppose it and 31 percent don’t care much or are not sure.

But even though a plurality opposes the decision, few others seem interested in changing the constitution to disallow marriage.

Iowans are almost evenly divided about whether they would vote for or against a constitutional amendment to end marriage for same-sex couples, according to The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll.

Forty-one percent say they would vote for a ban, and 40 percent say they would vote to continue gay marriage. The rest either would not vote or say they are not sure.

But the anti-gays activists have a cause to rally around. And we can fully expect that they will seek to make marriage a central focus in gubernatorial, representative, and court campaigns. This might not, however, be a wise decision.

Sixty-three percent say candidates’ stands on other issues will be more important in making their decisions in the 2010 elections.

Few poll respondents who described themselves as Republicans say the court decision is the single most important issue in the 2010 elections. But more than a third of Republicans say it is among several important issues, while only about a quarter of Democrats put it in that category.

Former state Republican Chairman Mike Mahaffey said the poll shows that, as the party searches for a winning message, the economy trumps marriage among voters.

“I think all of the candidates are going to state that they believe the people ought to be given the right to vote on a constitutional amendment. That’s a reasonable approach,” Mahaffey said. “I also think when it comes down to it, the overriding issues are going to be what can we do to create jobs and put ourselves in a better position fiscally.”

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Burr
September 21st, 2009 | LINK

Forgot this number..

“The overwhelming majority of Iowans – 92 percent – say gay marriage has brought no real change to their lives.”

So why do more than 8% of them give a sh*t enough to still vote against it?

Other than the fact that they’re a**holes, that is.

KZ
September 21st, 2009 | LINK

“I think all of the candidates are going to state that they believe the people ought to be given the right to vote on a constitutional amendment.”

How about letting gays and lesbians keep the right to enter into a legally binding commitment? I don’t understand how the right to vote on other people’s civil rights trumps those civil rights.

Christopher Waldrop
September 22nd, 2009 | LINK

Burr asked, “So why do more than 8% of them give a sh*t enough to still vote against it?”

It’s a fair question, and I think it’s also possible that some of the 8% who’ve seen an actual change as a result of same-sex marriage are people who’ve finally been able to marry. In other words some of the 8% who’ve seen a real change in their lives could see a positive change in their lives.

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