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Iowa GOP Lawmakers to Attempt Gay Marriage Ban Even Though Voters Think They Shouldn't Waste Time On It

A new poll in Iowa shows that most voters don't think the legislature should concern themselves with same-sex marriage, the Des Moines Register reports:

Iowa "Among six hot-button topics, a new Iowa Poll shows a majority of Iowans consider only a ban on text messaging while driving worth the Legislature's time during a session shortened by 20 days to cut costs. Iowans are not enthusiastic about devoting time to debates on gay marriage, puppy mills, gun control, payday loans or gambling. The Democrats who control what comes up for a vote say budget issues will dominate the 2010 session as the recession continues to pinch state revenues. But lawmakers have introduced hundreds of bills on other topics."

In fact, same-sex marriage was voted the topic least worthy of debate: "Only 36 percent of Iowans want lawmakers to focus efforts on the issue."

According to the paper, "Three resolutions call for such an amendment [to the Iowa constitution declaring marriage between a man and a woman]: House Joint Resolution 6, House Joint Resolution 2001 and Senate Joint Resolution 2001. If they were to pass, the measure would require a second vote by the next General Assembly before it reaches a statewide ballot."

Democrat leaders have promised not to call them up for a vote.

Still, GOP lawmakers in the House plan to try to ram them through in a push starting today, the Iowa Independent reports:

"After numerous meetings at the Capitol Thursday, Brad Clark, campaign director for One Iowa, told The Iowa Independent that he expects Republican lawmakers in the Iowa House to attempt to bring about a vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage by invoking Rule 60, which allows a majority vote on the floor of the House to pull a bill out of a committee even if the committee has not approved it...Clark said he is optimistic the effort will fail, saying Republicans will have to reach 51 votes in order to bring the bill to the House floor. There are 56 Democrats in the Iowa House and only 44 Republicans, meaning at least seven Democrats would have to support the move for the effort to succeed."

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  1. I suspect Iowa republicans are getting a lot of pressure from their national committee to push the right wing agenda.

    Posted by: alan | Feb 8, 2010 9:36:15 AM


  2. the right just can't stand to let the will of the majority prevail, they insist on their own narrow minded opinion to be the law.

    Posted by: lk | Feb 8, 2010 12:33:04 PM


  3. For those of you claiming homosexuality is a "lifestyle", that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

    http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differential-brain-activation.pdf
    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146-gay-brains-structured-like-those-of-the-opposite-sex.html
    Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
    http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_genes.html
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k586276/
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/06/16/172/

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.


    And it should also be noted that:
    "It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organisations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association."

    Posted by: shadow_man | Feb 8, 2010 9:03:52 PM


  4. To those of you using the Bible as a weapon against homosexuality, you are wrong. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Any educated Christian would know that. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.


    http://www.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/NotASin.htm
    http://www.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homosexuality_print.html
    http://www.christchapel.com/romans_inter.html
    http://www.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php
    http://www.gaychristian101.com/

    Thats why Jesus never mentions it as well. There is nothing immoral, wrong, or sinful about being gay. Jesus, however, clearly states he HATES hypocrites. If you preach goodness, then promote hate and twist the words of the Bible, you are a hypocrite, and will be judged and sent to hell. Homosexuals will not go to hell, hypocrites will.

    This is very similar to the religious bigots of the past, where they took Bible passages to condone slavery, keep women down, and used Bible passages to claim blacks as curses who should be enslaved by the white man. People used God to claim that blacks marrying whites was unnatural, and not of God's will.

    Posted by: shadow_man | Feb 8, 2010 9:04:22 PM


  5. "Man should not lay with man, God Hates That", how is that out of context? Read the Bible. You can tell a lie by the more words used to prove a point - the bigger the stretch of truth, which explains the content on your above links to liberal theology. I am studied for 10 years in the Hebrew and Greek and what you should read, English scripture. Jesus said He came to "NOT do away with the LAW but uphold every letter of it", so reconcoile that with some stretch of liberal theology.

    Secondly, depending on the poll you look at, over 85 percent of IOWANS do not want gay unions. It will be tossed, it is not LAW but a decision.

    Third, I love you all gay or straight, and I hope you find the truth about yourself. The gay lifestyle increases negative health issues over 70 percent by secular university studies.

    Sex is by law defined as a penis entering a vagina so you cannot be HOMO-Sexual, only mutual masterbation which is another reason you can't be married. It's not just God, but also your plumbing. Marriage has to be consumated via inercourse, which you can't do.

    Lastly, you can stop letting someone stick a peter in your bum, it's called self control. What if I said only banging corpses turned me on, would it be OK? I personally don't think so, but mabe you do.

    Christ loves you even when he sees your sin and mine also cuz I do sin everyday. You can't change but He can change your life. All you need is love. :)Peace my homophiliac friends!

    Posted by: Poopiedrawers | Feb 10, 2010 10:20:19 PM


  6. The only people reading the Register is the Gay left. Of course they are pandering to the extreamly small subscriber list. If I had a dime for every doctored poll in the register I'd be typing this from Cosumel.

    Posted by: Poopiedrawers | Feb 10, 2010 10:27:37 PM


  7. Jesus is recorded to have said "Even the Devil can quote scripture." So all your Bible quoting can only get you so far, even if you buy the passage "All Scripture is inspired by God", because it says just that, inspired by, not written by the hand of. When those who would stone the adulteress quote the Torah to Jesus, they say "Moses said", not "God said". And so on and so on. Furthermore, it is only in "Matthew" that Jesus is recorded to have said, "I came not to abolish the Law.." and the 3 other canonical Gospels have him doing just that, making adjustments and changes, and having his disciples do what to him seemed best and most useful, just like all the other Jews and their sects at the time. If we look at the Acts of the Apostles, "Luke" relates the story of Peter having a vision of all kinds of unclean, un-Kosher things coming down on a sheet from heaven, and the Voice saying, "What I have made clean, you must not call unclean," hence a CHANGE IN THE LAW, for Christians.
    The Torah is NOT YOUR BOOK, "Poopiedrawers", you have appropriated someone else's story and history and said it's yours but it's NOT, and you must defer to those whose story it really is, and that would be Jews. When you make said deference, you find that there is no ONE way to read a passage, let alone one book, which anyway was an invention of Martin Luther who insisted in his ignorance that every passage has one and only one meaning.

    Posted by: clint | Apr 4, 2010 2:11:30 PM


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