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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."

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  1. thanx, SEAN, for posting the senator's e-mail addr. i sent him a note thanking him for his decency and courage.

    i have heard his short speech several times, and i can't help but cry each time. it is so simply stated but so powerful. brief but eloquent. pointed but not harsh.

    he had a lot to do with his daughter's character. clearly, the apple did not fall far from the tree. he is a real man.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 7, 2009 3:50:42 PM

  2. thank you to him!!!!

    Posted by: KFLO | Apr 7, 2009 7:18:27 PM

  3. I echo what others have posted here, Senator Gronstal should be proud of himself and his daughter. Living in Massachusetts where we've been able to legally wed for several years now we feel pretty safe even though there are some that would like to repeal the marriage equality in this commonwealth. One thing I would like to point out though is that EVERY rep and senator that voted against marriage equality and ran for re-election lost. Every rep and senator that voted for marriage equality and ran for re-election won.

    Having grown up in Massachusetts and seen the turmoil of the forced bussing and segregation and knowing about the bigotry that historically resides in South Boston and the Catholic Church, I was shocked, pleased, and very proud to be the first state to have marriage equality.

    Posted by: Ric | Apr 8, 2009 1:00:26 PM

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