Iowa social conservatives on Tuesday will descend on the Capitol to pressure Senate President Mike Gronstal to allow an amendment banning gay marriage to come up for a vote in the chamber.
Opponents of the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous 2009 ruling legalizing gay marriage want lawmakers to approve an amendment to the Iowa Constitution which would define marriage as a heterosexual union.
Last year, the Republican-controlled House easily approved the amendment, but Gronstal, a Democrat, blocked the measure from reaching the Senate floor, angering conservatives who have threatened to oust him.
“For two years, Senate President Mike Gronstal has blocked every attempt to bring the marriage amendment to a vote in the Senate,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a backer of Tuesday's rally. “The amendment already passed the House last year, the first of four legislative votes required before going to the ballot to be ratified by voters.”