Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he believes the Iowa Supreme Court erred in legalizing gay marriage.

Branstad made his comments during a January 27 editorial board meeting with the Des Moines Register.

The Republican governor said that he doesn't want to “impose my will on the people” and won't talk about whether he supports an effort to overturn the court's 2009 unanimous decision with a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships and any government recognition of gay and lesbian couples in the state.

Last week, the measure was easily approved by Republicans in the House. But Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has pledged to block the resolution from reaching the Senate floor.

“I think the court made a mistake,” Branstad said.

“I want to treat everybody with fairness and equity, but I don't think that includes meaning that people of the same sex should be able to be married,” Branstad added. “I don't want to discriminate or treat people in an unfair manner, but this is something that is a new right, that never existed before and one certainly that a vast majority of Iowans don't think was appropriate to be done the way it was done.”

When asked his opinion on the proposed gay marriage ban, Branstad said, “it's always been my policy not to try to comment on every single bill that's in the Legislature.” But seconds earlier Branstad told reporters: “I think the people of Iowa should have an opportunity to vote on that issue.”