Another Sad Day For Iowa: Passage Of HJR 6
Anyone getting buyers' remorse yet?
Statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal following today’s passage of HJR 6
“The vote today by House Republicans was a big step backwards for the constitutional rights of all Iowans. I remain committed to protecting the rights of all Iowans and focusing our energy on helping Iowans recover from the national recession.”
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According to Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Democrat from Ames, only two states have constitutional amendments “as restrictive as this one” — one that would ban civil unions and domestic partnerships as well as gay marriages. “This Isn’t the mainstream,” she said. “It is extreme. Only two other states have gone this far.”
Rep. Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, was the next speaker and without mentioning him by name, she praised Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) for vowing to block a vote on this resolution. Mascher said he was following the rules outlined in the state constitution. ”That is part of what was adopted in 1846. It means the rights of the minority can and should be protected,” she said.
Mascher said gay marriage opponents are ”frantic” about passing this amendment now. “They are frantic because they’re losing the debate,” she said. “Young people, Democrat and Republican alike, overwhelmingly support same-sex marriage. With the young people of this country you have already lost…It’s only a matter of time before this debate becomes part of history and many will wonder why there was such a fuss.”
Rep. Bruce Hunter, a Democrat from Des Moines: “Just how many jobs will this resolution create?” Hunter asked
Rep. Janet Petersen, a Democrat from Des Moines. ”What does threaten marriage? Not having a job, getting caught up in payday loans, cheating on your spouse,” Petersen said, arguing gay marriage doesn’t threaten marriage.
Rep. Todd Taylor, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids. “This proposal takes away freedom, and that is unprecedented,” he said. “…Please join me in voting no. And then can we get back to the people’s business?”
Rep. Chris Hall, a Democrart from Sioux City. He mentioned the last election. “Voters were more interested in who is waiting in the unemployment line than who is waiting for a marriage license at the recorder’s office,” Hall said.