IOWA House GOP Lawmakers Show Bigotry and Ignorance, Votes 62-37 to Ban Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions

The Iowa House voted 63-37 topday  to approve House joint Resolution 6, a constitutional amendment that would not only ban same-sex marriage, but civil unions and domestic partnerships also


The bill now moves on to the Iowa Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to fight attempts to pass the amendment. If passed through both legislative bodies in two consecutive General Assemblies, the issue could be on the ballot as soon as 2013.

“The proposed amendment devalues families and divides Iowans,” said One Iowa Executive Director Carolyn Jenison. “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.”

Last night hundreds of people packed the Iowa State House to voice their opinions on House Joint Resolution 6. 

Dean Genth, who married his husband Dr. Gary Swenson in 2009 after the Varnum ruling, called efforts to undo the Varnum marriage ruling “civil violence,” which he said is “just as damaging as physical violence. It would be less harmful to me if you would beat me up. It would be less painful for me if you spray-painted ‘faggot’ on my garage door. Please look me in the eye and tell me why you wish to hurt me so.”

Iowa  Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to block any vote on an amendment to the state’s constitution that would ban same-sex marriage: when the bill moves to the Senate.

I wonderwhat Chris Barron of GOProud has to say about this. Oh what’s that? He’s too busy doing crunches and sending out photos of his abs to wealthy GOP closet case donors?


Will Kohler

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