Christian conservative Bob Vander
Plaats has renewed his pledge to repeal Iowa's gay marriage law.
In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court
unanimously struck down Iowa's law preventing such unions, making it
the 3rd state to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian
Vander Plaats has repeatedly called on
lawmakers to reverse the decision with either a constitutional
amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union or an executive
order issued by the governor. The latter has been rejected by both
Democratic and Republican governors.
In 2011, the Republican-led House
approved such an amendment but Democrats in the Senate blocked it
As public opinion shifted – 56
percent of Iowans oppose the marriage amendment, according to a Des
Moines Register poll conducted last year – House Republicans
have increasingly signaled an unwillingness to revisit the issue.
Additionally, voters in neighboring
Minnesota last year rejected a similar amendment.
Still, in an interview with a
Sioux Falls television station broadcast on Monday, Vander Plaats
renewed his call for a marriage amendment.
“If you win control of the Iowa
Senate, you can pass a marriage amendment in the House and a marriage
amendment in the Senate, and you can get it to the people of Iowa to
vote on this issue and to amend the constitution that way,” Vander
He added that his opposition stems not
from hatred toward gay people but creating a clearly defined standard
of what marriage is.
“If you take away the fences
regarding marriage, you have undefined marriage,” he said. “All
of the sudden it means anything to anybody.”
“If you do things God's way when it
comes to marriage, things work out really good. When you go against
His plan, it's awful,” he
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