Opinion in the News: Iowa House passes start of marriage amendment (AmesHighWeb)
The Iowa House recently commenced the beginning of what could be a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman despite the Iowa Supreme Court’s 2009 decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The amendment could not be put to a vote until as early as 2013, but the debate is still heating up throughout the state over the role and definition of marriage and family.
1. The people of Iowa should be able to put this issue to a simple vote. For the people, by the people.
There is a reason we have a judicial system for these types of situations: the citizens who understand the state and federal constitutions and laws are (hopefully) those who sit on the bench of the Supreme Court. In addition, a primary objective of government is to protect the rights of the minority from the will of the majority.
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