A ballot question that would repeal a
gay marriage law in Iowa would narrowly fail, a new poll released
Des Moines Register asked 800 adults how they would vote on a
proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution that would define
marriage as a heterosexual union, thereby reversing the 2009 Iowa
Supreme Court ruling that brought the institution to the Midwest.
Thirty-eight percent of respondents
said they would vote against the question, while 35 percent favored
amending the constitution, and 27 percent said they wouldn't even
vote. That's a 6 percent drop in support for the proposed amendment
since an earlier poll conducted in September.
“You just have this spider web of
mixed-up attitudes on this,” said J. Ann Selzer, the poll's
director. “The rhetoric is so polarizing that you forget there's a
middle on this and it's probably the middle that would make the
The GOP-led House approved the measure
earlier this month with a 62 to 37 vote that fell mostly along party
Passage in the Senate seems less
Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, a Democrat, has vowed to keep the
resolution from reaching the chamber's floor for a vote.
Before voters could decide to amend the
constitution, lawmakers must approve the measure in two consecutive
legislative sessions. The earliest that could happen is in 2013.
in New Hampshire shows a similar repeal effort failing.