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02/09/2010

Won Iowa

by Jeremy Hooper

Good news from our pals at One Iowa:

IOWA HOUSE REJECTS ATTEMPT TO ADVANCE AMENDMENT

(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House today rejected procedural attempts by opponents of equality to advance an amendment to the Iowa Constitution seeking to overturn last April’s unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling and to deny the protections of civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples.

“We applaud those legislators who voted to protect the freedoms of all Iowans and continue the job of balancing the budget and putting Iowans back to work. It’s time to move on from the destructive politics of division and focus on what matters to a great majority of Iowans,” said One Iowa Executive Director Carolyn Jenison.

One Iowa’s annual Lobby Day at the Capitol takes place tomorrow. Supporters will gather at the Capitol to share their stories with Iowa legislators, demonstrating the importance of civil marriage equality to Iowa families. Please contact Justin Uebelhor at 515-333-2525 to arrange press availability.

One Iowa is the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, committed to full equality for LGBT individuals, including the freedom to marry. More information at
www.oneiowa.org.

So Iowa's anti-equality forces are now gonna pack it up and call it a day, letting local gay and lesbian couples live in peace. That is how it works, right?

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Posted by: John | Feb 9, 2010 12:21:56 PM

The Republicans that comment regularly at the Iowa Republican are foam at the mouth at this news and vow to use it to unseat State Democrats this November. I have a feeling that the Dems will loose seats which could mean possible votes in 2011, although I think it's going to be economic reasons that unseat Dems and not the Republican's desire to force government intrusion into the lives of GLBT people. The majority of Iowan's feel that there are far more important issues to tackle.

Posted by: Vast Variety | Feb 9, 2010 12:43:50 PM

WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the up-date on my own home state, Jeremy! Sadly, while I am fulla' Iowa Pride, sometimes i just wish that I lived in Southern MO. *only* so that I could grown more plants and herbs in my garden, such as those from the Med. and France that don't over-winter well, here. But, that'd be my ONLY reason! (Let's just say that, after having visited MO. several times growing up, all the stereotypes are true! LOL!) But, I digress...

How long can this blocking maneuver by Iowan Democrats persist? They say, as their excuse, that they simply have too much on their plate to deal with during this session which ends in 2010. But, what about next year? What then?

That is why I am so desperately worried...

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Feb 9, 2010 1:01:37 PM

Ya' know, I've actually asked around to no avail (no one's even responded to my query!) re: who's duty it is to uphold the IA. Supreme Court's declaration defining Gay Iowans as a "Suspect Class" and preventing laws that explicitly target us OFF of any public ballot. I wrote the IA. Attorney General about 3 weeks ago, and he never returned my e-mail.

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Feb 9, 2010 1:31:26 PM

Wade, unfortunately there is nothing at the state level to prevent a vote by the Tyrannical majority at some point here in Iowa. Even the court's own ruling stated that it is ultimately up to the people of the state to modify the constitution if they so choose to do so. The only way our equality will be fully protected is at the Federal level, which is why the Perry case could be so important.

Posted by: Vast Variety | Feb 9, 2010 1:57:37 PM

@ Vast variety: Then what good is the IA. Supreme Court's ruling that we constitute a Suspect Class if the people still reserve the right to vote on us through majoritarian rule?

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Feb 9, 2010 2:34:26 PM

SO FINE.... and in other (AP) news (as seen on 365 Gay) NEW HAMPSHIRE does it too!


" (Concord, NH) A New Hampshire House committee is recommending against repealing the state’s five-week-old gay marriage law.
The Judiciary Committee also voted Tuesday to recommend that the House kill a proposed constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The vote was 12-8 on both measures, led by Democratic opposition.

Opponents of gay marriage know their chance of success on such measures is slim, but they want to keep the issue before voters in hopes that Republicans will regain control of the Statehouse in November and then ban gay marriage.
The House could act on the recommendations next week."

Posted by: LOrion | Feb 9, 2010 2:39:46 PM

Wade, It helps to build legal precedent that other states and eventually the US Supreme Court can use as justification for giving us equality nationwide. Another reason the Perry case is so important.

Posted by: Vast Variety | Feb 9, 2010 3:58:05 PM

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