IA Sen. Gronstal: ‘You Guys Don’t Understand. You’ve Already Lost.’


Here's a good summation of what's going on in Iowa with regard to pushback against the same-sex marriage ruling, and how difficult it's going to be for foes like Chuck Hurley and IA Rep. Steve King to turn back the ruling.

However, the right wing is pushing for a Constitutional Convention. Iowa Governor Chet Culver still has not weighed in.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal put his foot down in debate yesterday afternoon with Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley, who accused Gronstal of "pure obstruction" after Gronstal said he "has no intention of taking up" a debate on amending the state's constitution.

Gronstal's response is one of the most beautiful speeches I've heard all year.

Listen to it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Gronstal:

"One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and her
particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch
of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay
marriage. They were talking about discussions going on across the
country. And my daughter Kate, after listening for about 20
minutes, said to them: 'You guys don't understand. You've already lost. My
generation doesn't care.' I think I learned something from my
daughter that day, when she said that. And Ive talked with other people
about it and that's what I see, Senator McKinley. I see a bunch of
people that merely want to profess their love for each other, and want
state law to recognize that. Is that so wrong? I don't think
that's so wrong. As a matter of fact, last Friday night, I hugged my
wife. You know I've been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt
like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night
because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have
the state recognize their love for each other. No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you."