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Iowan GOP Introduces Bill to Ban Gay Marriage and Nullify Existing Gay Marriages

January 20, 2011

One Iowa

 

I’m always passionate about defending LGBT civil rights, but what’s going on in Iowa hits close to home, infact it hits me square in the chest.  My husband and I were married in Iowa shortly after gay marriage was enacted in Iowa.  If this legislation succeeds, it will forcibly divorce my husband and I by nullifying our marriage.   This is bullshit.  The GOP have been bitching that the federal governments 14th amendment infringes on the state, but now Iowa’s decisions are impacting US citizens outside of their state.  It’s highly likely the bill will pass the republican majority House and the Governor doesn’t know what to think on his own.  This is going to be an interesting ride! 

Wednesday the Iowa House introduced a bill threatening the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples in Iowa. House Joint Resolution 6 has been filed and will soon be making its way through the legislative process. If passed through the legislature in two consecutive General Assemblies, we could see our basic freedoms on the ballot as soon as 2013.

This bill goes beyond marriage to ban both civil unions and domestic partnerships – ensuring that under no circumstances would gay couples be afforded basic protections. This is the first attempt to undermine the freedom to marry during this legislative session.

via One Iowa

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