“People’s rights should not be put to a popular vote,” said Senate Majority Leader
A proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Iowa will again be a topic during the legislative session beginning Jan. 9, but the top Senate Democrat said Thursday he would block debate over the issue.
“People’s rights should not be put to a popular vote,” said Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs. “We didn’t put slavery to a vote of the people. We didn’t put the right to go to a school in your neighborhood to a vote of the people of Iowa.”
Senate Minority Leader Jerry Behn, R-Boone, said the debate is less about same-sex marriage than allowing voters to have their say on an emotional issue. He promised that Republicans will again push the issue.
“We’re just discussing should Iowans get a vote on it,” said Behn. “Absolutely, Iowans should get a vote on it. It’s outrageous that he’s going to say no.”
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