Iowa House passes measure to strip rights from citizens of the state

Today, the Iowa House of Representatives took a major step forward in its quest to strip away rights from its citizens. The House just passed, by a vote of 62 – 37, House Joint Resolution 6, which would place a ban on same-sex marriage on the ballot. The introduction to House Joint Resolution 6 explains its purpose:

A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa specifying marriage between one man and one woman as the only legal union that is valid or recognized in the state.

One Iowa livetweeted the debate — and it sounded pretty intense. Jason Clayworth from The Des Moines reported that two GOP sponsors of the anti-gay resolution “refused to answer questions today on the House floor,” which was considered “rare.” Guess some of them can’t even defend their hate. The Senate would still have to pass this measure, which it hopefully won’t. And, the same resolution has to pass in another session of the Iowa Legislature before it can be on the ballot. But, the haters, led by House Republicans, are determined.

Yes, the House GOPers are so determined to engage in legislative gay-bashing that they’ve ignored their promised focus on the economy. From the Des Moines Register on January 10, 2011:

Leaders of both parties will struggle to keep lawmakers’ attention on helping unemployed Iowans.

“We told the people of Iowa that we were going to focus on jobs and the economy. We’re going to do that,” said House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, R-Garner.

Didn’t take long to prove that Linda Upmeyer is a liar. Instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, Upmeyer’s GOP caucus is focusing on hatred and bigotry. Not quite the same thing.

So, the haters had a win today in the Iowa House. Hope they’re happy.


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