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Monday, December 21, 2009

Politically Speaking: Gronstal: Gay marriage won't be debated in 2010

Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking

During a taping of the IPTV "Iowa Press" show today, Republican leaders in the two Iowa chambers said they'd push ways to overturn same-sex marriage, which became legal in April following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling. Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley, R-Chariton, said he'd attempt to air ways to get a state constitutional referendum on marriage before Iowans. At roughly the same time McKinley was recording the show, here in Sioux City Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, was previewing key issues for 2010. After he addressed fiscal matters for the entire length of his remarks, I asked if he would allow a Senate floor debate on marriage. Nope, he quickly answered. Why? "I'm not about to put discrimination into the state constitution," Gronstal said. So you agree with the court ruling? "Yes."

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