Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Rejects Marriage Amendment Attempt

As reported earlier, Chuck Hurley of the Iowa Family Policy Center, has been pushing hard for a marriage amendment to Iowa's state constitution, pressuring the state's legislature, thus making the Supreme Courts ruling null and void.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs told reporters, "It will not come up," said Gronstal. "I have no intention of taking it up."

Sen. Minority Leader Paul McKinely, R-Chariton, lashed out, accusing Gonstal of "pure obstruction" to the amendment process and demanded action on a resolution so the process could commence. He reminded Gronstal that the majority leader had voted to ban gay marriage in 1998.

Gronstal conceded his earlier vote but said he'd changed his mind.

"I've learned a lot. I've talked to a lot of people," said Gronstal. "I see a bunch of people who merely want to profess their love for each other. I don't think that's so wrong."

Here's video of his amazing response:

Read a great summary on the events in Iowa at the ChicagoTribune.com.

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