Thursday, February 11, 2010

Good news from New Hampshire and Iowa

Attempts to block equal marriage in both New Hampshire and Iowa have failed, at least for now.

According to, "a House committee that deadlocked a year ago over legalizing gay marriage voted Tuesday against repealing New Hampshire's five-week-old law allowing the unions.
The Judiciary Committee also voted to recommend that the House kill a proposed constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman."

The vote was 12-8, more or less along party lines, with the Democrats opposing the repeal.  Gay marriage opponents recognize that passing a repeal this year is highly unlikely, but according to, "they want to keep the issue before voters in hopes Republicans will regain control of the Statehouse from Democrats in November and succeed then in banning gay marriage."

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Republicans have failed in their effort to "start the process of amending the Iowa Constitution to ban gay marriage -- meaning it will likely be 2014 at the earliest before voters could decide on the issue."

Because it is nearly certain that the measure to amend the Iowa Constitution to ban same-sex marriage will fail this year, the earliest voters could decide on the issue would be in 2014.  Iowa requires passage of an amendment in two consecutive legislative sessions.  Republicans have vowed to unseat Democrats in November who voted against repeal.

The situation in Iowa is very similar to the situation in Massachusetts shortly after the Supreme Judicial Court declared that denying marriage to same-sex couples was unconstitutional.  The process for amending the constitution in Massachusetts is like the process in Iowa, requiring two consecutive legislative votes.  Republicans in Massachusetts vowed to oust Democrats who supported same-sex marriage.  Instead, even with Mitt Romney's pledge of financial resources to Republican candidates, not one Democratic legislator lost reelection.

Even Scott Brown, once a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, declared the marriage issue "settled" during his campaign for senator.

No comments:

Post a Comment