Conservatives lobbying for amendment spread 'hate,' speakers say
Hundreds of conservative Christians crowded the Iowa Capitol on Tuesday in support of a proposed state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.
In a counterpoint news conference, meanwhile, advocates for same-sex marriage accused the crowd and its leaders of spreading “hate and discrimination.”
The rally, organized by the conservative advocacy group the Family Leader and two national groups opposing same-sex marriage, kicked off a lobbying effort aimed at the Democrat-controlled Senate, where a proposed amendment has stalled after passage in the Republican-led House last year.
Organizers instructed attendees from across the state to lobby their own state senators, but also to target a handful of rural Democrats who might support the amendment and Sen. Michael Gronstal, who as majority leader has blocked its consideration.