The Iowa state GOP leadership has been remarkable quiet about marriage equality this session. Is this a sign of things to come? or just a temporary lull? Omaha.com reports:
Since Iowa’s legislative session started a month ago, conservative lawmakers have filed bills on school funding, taxes and abortion, but so far they haven’t taken up legislation on same-sex marriage… After repeatedly pushing for legislative action to put a constitutional amendment before voters that would overturn the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, Republicans said they’ve simply changed their focus to other things.
Local marriage equality advocates are hopeful:
Donna Red Wing, executive director of One Iowa, the state’s largest gay advocacy group, and others sense a change. “I was at an event with a bunch of legislators, and they were mentioning priorities, and they didn’t mention marriage. I think we are seeing a turning,” said Red Wing, who moved from Colorado to Iowa so she could marry her longtime partner, Sumitra. “I think the will is lessening.”