Senate Democrats in Iowa vote down push for ban on freedom to marry

Posted by Jason Hancock on

"A motion by state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola) to suspend the Senate’s rules to allow a vote on a constitutional ban on the freedom to marry was defeated early Thursday morning on a party-line vote.

"Sorenson asked all 50 senators to call up Senate Joint Resolution 8, a bill that would amend the Iowa Constitution to specify that marriage between one man and one woman is the only legal union valid or recognized in the state. Senate President Jack Kibbie (D-Emmetsburg) said 'no,' but agreed to allow a vote on whether to suspend the rules and override his objection.

"Twenty-six Democrats voted 'no' and 24 Republicans voted 'yes.' The motion was defeated.

"Danny Carroll, chairman of the controversial Christian organization The Family Leader, told supporters in an e-mail Wednesday night that Sorenson was planning to 'file numerous amendments and use any other tactic at his disposal' in order to force a vote on marriage equality. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal [right] has vowed to never allow such an amendment to come up for debate.

"Gronstal told The Des Moines Register that despite claims by Republicans that this was a vote on marriage, it was only a vote on Senate rules.

“'It is not a vote on the constitutional vote, but I understand that people can lie and say it is,' Gronstal said."

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