Icy hearts in the heartland.
Eighteen Iowa Republican lawmakers have introduced a resolution which proposes a constitutional amendment recognizing only marriages between one man and one woman as valid in the state, the Gazette reports:
“This starts the ball rolling. It’s imperative that the citizens of the state of Iowa have something that they can point to as a mechanism to start the ball rolling,” said Sen. Merlin Bartz, R-Grafton.
“Now that we’ve had this introduced in the Senate, they’ll have the opportunity to contact their legislators and ask them to support the Senate joint resolution,” he added.
However, Bartz conceded Senate Joint Resolution 2001 faces nearly insurmountable odds in being debated during the 2010 session – given the steadfast opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs.
“I appreciate that people feel strongly about this issue. I think people should advocate for the things that they believe in and I encourage them to do that,” Gronstal said. “I think I’ve been abundantly clear to people, I do not intend to take this up this session.”
The resolution was assigned to the 11-member Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which is chaired by Gronstal and has seven majority Democratic members.
Meanwhile, Iowa wingnuts held a protest to coincide with the opening of the legislature demanding they be allowed to vote on marriage equality.
Feel the hostility, AFTER THE JUMP...
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