Iowa Senate Dems Defeat Push for Gay Marriage Ban

A motion to suspend state Senate rules to allow a vote on a proposed consitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Iowa was voted down on Thursday

The Iowa Independent writes,

“A motion by state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola) to suspend the Senate’s rules to allow a vote on a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was defeated early Thursday morning on a party-line vote.

Sorenson asked all 50 senators to call up Senate Joint Resolution 8, a bill that would amend the Iowa Constitution to specify that marriage between one man and one woman is the only legal union valid or recognized in the state. Senate President Jack Kibbie (D-Emmetsburg) said “no,” but agreed to allow a vote on whether to suspend the rules and override his objection.

Twenty-six Democrats voted “no” and 24 Republicans voted “yes.” The motion was defeated.

An Iowa House committee has passed a constitutional amendment, and a public hearing will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the statehouse. In order to amend the constitution, the legislation would have to pass this year and again in 2013 before going on the ballot for a popular vote.”

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