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02/01/2011

62 Iowa lawmakers take bully club to gay families, Equal Protection, church/state separation

by Jeremy Hooper

As expected, the Iowa House did this:

DES MOINES – The Iowa House today, by a vote of 62-37, passed an amendment (House Joint Resolution 6) that would deny any form of legal recognition for gay couples. The amendment seeks to prohibit not only the freedom to marry for gay couples, but also civil unions or domestic partnerships.
Release: Iowa House Passes Amendment Seeking to Add Discrimination to Constitution [One Iowa]

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal is standing strong on his pledge to stave off the discrimination, so there's hope here. But if needless bias does manage to somehow triumph over basic fairness in two consecutive legislative sessions, this thing could go to the state ballot as soon as 2013.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Iowa, a gay kid will cry himself to sleep tonight.

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*NOTE: The vote included 3 Democrats: Rep. Kurt Swaim (D-Bloomfield), Rep. Dan Muhlbauer (D-Manilla), and Rep. Brian Quirk (D-New Hampton).

Republicans voted for it as a block (with the exception of Rep. Betty De Boef, a supporter of the bill who just happend to be absent)

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***LISTEN to archive audio from the debate.

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