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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Democrats, don't cop out when asked about marriage

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Between now and the end of the 2010 legislative session, self-styled
"defenders of marriage" will urge Democrats in the Iowa House and
Senate to approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples
from marrying. Bryan English, director of public relations and
outreach for the Iowa Family Policy Center, wrote a guest post for The
Iowa Republican blog about his recent efforts to convince Democratic
State Senator Dennis Black (district 21). English and I disagree on
most political issues, including the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling in
Varnum v Brien, but in this piece he shines a light on talking points
Democrats should avoid when confronted by opponents of marriage
equality. ... English contends that senators could force a floor vote
on a marriage amendment by suspending the Senate rules, but Black
countered that there would be "chaos" in the Senate if he were to do
that, and anyway, "A vote on a procedural maneuver is not perceived by
most people as a real vote on the marriage amendment."

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