Iowa, USA: Is State GOP Backing Off on Marriage Equality Opposition?

Written by scott on February 17th, 2013

IowaThe 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? 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.”


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