Iowa GOP ready to push hard on social issues in 2011 (IowaIndependent)
Legislation to end or curb same-sex marriage and abortion is beginning to take shape as the Iowa General Assembly prepares for a busy 2011 session. The non-partisan Legislative Services Agency is reported to be handling about 650 bill requests from current and soon-to-be members of the legislature, as well as 150 from state agencies, and many aim to start debate on contentious social issues.
GOP lawmakers will seek a constitutional amendment “to define marriage as only between one man and one woman that would go before voters if the resolution is passed in exactly the same form by the newly seated Legislature and the 85th General Assembly that gets elected in November 2012.”
Gov.-elect Terry Branstad likened Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) to a “dictator” because of the Democrat’s promise to block a vote on such an amendment. Gronstal has repeatedly said he will not allow discrimination to be written into the state’s constitution, and insists legislation concerning job creation should be a priority, which, as Branstad continues a post-election jobs tour, seems to be the new governor’s priority as well.
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