Iowa Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) released a panicked statement following the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous ruling earlier today which legalized same-sex marriage in the state. King is panicked that Iowa is going to become "the gay marriage Mecca" and wants several obstacles drafted immediately.
“Now it is the Iowa legislature’s responsibility to pass the Marriage Amendment to the Iowa Constitution, clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman, to give the power that the Supreme Court has arrogated to itself back to the people of Iowa. Along with a constitutional amendment, the legislature must also enact marriage license residency requirements so that Iowa does not become the gay marriage Mecca due to the Supreme Court’s latest experiment in social engineering.”
Think Progress posts a long list of King's record of bigotry.
Unfortunately for King the leaders of the Iowa legislature are fully behind the decision as evidenced by the dual statement from House Speaker Pat Murphy and Senate Majority leader Mike Gronstal earlier today.
Another thing that should be noted. The judge who wrote the opinion in the case was appointed by conservative Republican Governor Terry Brandstad.
It seems Republicans are behind most of the major favorable same-sex marriage decisions in recent history.
Watch another bigot, Chuck Hurley of the Iowa Family Policy Center, who you may remember organized a huge demonstration of hundreds of anti-gay bigots in January 2008 to pressure the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, react to the court's ruling today, AFTER THE JUMP...