Iowa legalized gay marriage in 2009. But, this does not mean that the right to marry for the gay and lesbian couples in the state of Iowa is a sure thing. The Iowa Senate is set to vote on the issue of gay marriage in the state again, with noticeable changes in the Senators who will vote in favor of keeping gay marriage legal in the state of Iowa. With New York and Massachusetts on board with bills passed for the legalization of gay marriage, what will happen in Iowa? Will the Senators change the law? Will gay and lesbian constituents of Iowa have to seek a new location to take their wedding vows?
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Varying opinions have been expressed in terms of what may potentially happen if the senators of Iowa overturn the vote already in place. In 2009, the Iowa Senate voted in favor of the legalization of gay marriage for the gay and lesbian couples in their state. Since then, the distribution of Senators in favor of keeping gay marriage legal versus those that would rather keep gay marriage out of Iowa has changed. Does this mean gay marriage will soon be ending in Iowa?
One person speaking out on the potential results of the vote is Troy Price, the executive director of One Iowa, among the state’s largest advocacy group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered population in Iowa. Price comments: “If this does happen, if we were to lose that race, certainly it makes the chances of us seeing a Constitutional amendment passed through the Senate much more likely,” “And should that happen, if it is able to pass in the next legislative session, as early as June 2013 you could see it on the ballot.”
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Because of the shift in the seats of the Iowa Senate, there is an opening that could potentially turn the vote entirely against keeping gay marriage legal or even on the ballot in Iowa. To date, the Democratic Senators are the ones that have swayed the vote in favor of keeping gay marriage legal. With the possibility of having the numbers flip in favor of the Republican Senators, the chances of having an anti-gay marriage ban on the ballot are greater.
Republican presidential nominee Fred Karger, openly gay, stated: “I think it is important that the Senate remains in Democrat control, because of the marriage issue,” he said. “I hate to be a single-issue voter like that, but I think it is very important that balance is there.” How do you think the changes in the Senate will change the state of gay marriage in Iowa? Will gay marriage be banned in Iowa as a result? Or will the Senate keep gay marriage legal in Iowa? Have thoughts on this article you’d like to share? Leave a comment below or connect via Twitter or Facebook!