Iowa’s Senate Majority Leader Pledges To Block Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal (D) intends to block a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, which has been legal in the state since April 2009. Minority Leader Jerry Behn (R) insists voters deserve the opportunity to enshrine discrimination in the constitution and eliminate a right that currently exists. The National Organization for Marriage tried to rally voters around the amendment by supporting Republican Cindy Golding in the recent special Senate election. After $40,000 of NOM’s anti-gay propaganda, 55 percent of voters still supported Democrat Liz Mathis, who opposes the amendment.