Iowa State Senator Dennis Guth, a
Republican, on Tuesday filed a resolution which seeks to put an
amendment in the Iowa Constitution defining marriage as a
Social conservatives vowed in 2009 to
undo an Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage for gay and
In 2010, lawmakers in the
Republican-controlled House approved such an amendment. But the
effort has been blocked in the Senate by Majority Leader Mike
Gronstal, who easily won re-election in November despite a
high-profile effort to defeat him.
Guth's resolution has 17 co-sponsors.
“I think the way that it was done did
not allow the people any input,” Guth told the Quad
City Times. “The people of Iowa need to have their voice
Before it can reach voters, the measure
would need to be approved by the current Assembly and in the next one
elected in 2014. That is, the earliest voters could see the
question on the ballot is 2015.
Donna Red Wing, executive director of
One Iowa, the state's largest gay rights advocate, said she believes
most Republicans will oppose the measure.
“I've talked to a number of
Republicans who really want to get past this,” she said. “We're
going to celebrate four years of equality here in Iowa next month.
The sky hasn't fallen. It seems like a waste of the Senate's time.”
According to a Des Moines Register
poll released last year, already a majority (56%) of Iowans oppose
such an amendment.