The Iowa House passes HJR 6 by a vote of 62-37, this resolution introduces an amendment to the Iowa Constitution defining marriage to be between one man and one woman.
The entire Republican caucus voted in favor of the resolution minus State Representative Betty DeBoef (R-What Cheer) who was ill today. Three Democrats joined with Republicans to vote yes – State Representatives Dan Muhlbauer (D-Manilla), Brian Quirk (D–New Hampton), and Kurt Swaim (D-Bloomfield).
Before Iowans can vote on the language in this amendment it first needs to pass the Iowa Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) has already promised to block a vote, and an attempted vote to bypass Senate rules to allow the Senate version to come to the floor to be debated and voted on failed. The amendment would have to be passed again in the next General Assembly before it could be placed on the ballot.
It looks like the Democrats will block it in the Senate, because they oppose traditional marriage, and do not believe that children should be raised by a mother and a father. That’s why they support single motherhood, no-fault divorce and same-sex marriage.
Caffeinated Thoughts also had this post about the opponents of the definition of marriage bill.
Family Planning Council of Iowa – their purpose is “to provide quality reproductive health care and family planning services to all people in Iowa who desire such services.” Huh? Protecting the traditional definition of marriage somehow diminishes their mission? And yet, they have one lobbyist registered against.
Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO – they also have a lobbyist registered against HJR 6. I wonder how the definition of marriage is a labor issue and how many of their members don’t expect their dues to pay for activity like this.
National Association of Social Workers – They have two lobbyists working against. How this advances the social work field or impedes their members from doing their work I’ll never know, but it is further proof how this profession has been hijacked by the left.
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 – How again is this a labor issue? Oh I know benefits… Nope, sorry if I were a union member I’d be ticked, and they have six three lobbyists registered against this bill.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland – Interesting, I’m surprised they are advocating any type of monogamous relationship since they want to treat youth like they are a bunch of minks. They have two lobbyists registered against.
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa – they should change their name to InterLiberalFaith Alliance of Iowa.
It’s important to understand which groups are left-wingers. Unions, abortion providers, religious pluralists, etc.
In a prior story, Arkansas Republicans passed a ban on taxpayer-funding of abortion.