Iowa House Votes For Marriage Ban

From The Advocate:

By Julie Bolcer

February 1, 2011

The full Iowa house voted Tuesday afternoon to approve a resolution that proposes a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality, which would effectively repeal the 2009 state supreme court decision that legalized marriage for same-sex couples.

Early Tuesday afternoon, following almost three hours of debate, the Republican-controlled chamber approved House Joint Resolution 6 by a vote of 62-37. The outcome was expected following action last week in the house judiciary committee, which passed the resolution by a vote of 13-8.

“The proposed amendment devalues families and divides Iowans,” said One Iowa Executive Director Carolyn Jenison in a news release. “The Constitution is meant to protect the freedoms and liberties of all Iowans. It is inappropriate to use the political process to single out and deny a group of Iowans of their constitutional protections. ”

Further efforts to repeal marriage equality appear stalled for now, however, as senate majority leader Michael Gronstal has vowed to block debate of the measure in his Democratic-controlled chamber. A resolution needs to pass two consecutive sessions of the legislature in order to make the ballot.

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