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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Iowa Progress: Letting the people decide

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Progress

The Washington D.C. City Council has voted to allow gays and lesbians to marry today. However, DC legislation can be overruled by Congress within 30 days due to its status as a Federal District. The question is how will Steve King react? King claimed his opposition to the Iowa Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage was because they were legislating from the bench. This is a case of legislating from the legislature. King, or Tom Latham for that matter, may not approve of the DC Council's decision but it is their business to overrule the elected representatives of the people of Washington D.C. If King is sincere in his belief that the decision of the Iowa Supreme Court is wrong, he'll back the DC City Council's decision. However, if he doesn't, all these claims about defending judicial minimalism and popular sovereignty will just seem like excuses for homophobia.

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