by Rex Wockner
A bill to authorize a public vote on amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships, civil unions and all other recognition of same-sex couples was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives Jan. 19.
The measure would have to pass the Legislature in two consecutive General Assemblies, then could appear on the ballot in 2013.
“This bill intends to forever strip basic protections from loving and committed gay couples,” said One Iowa Executive Director Carolyn Jenison. “Now is the time for Iowans to come together and send a clear message to their legislators that discrimination has no place in Iowa’s Constitution.”
The group is urging an immediate response from activists. See http://tinyurl.com/4sam5cf.
Iowa is one of five states, plus the District of Columbia, where same-sex marriage is legal.