Even with the flood of Republicans sweeping into office in Iowa, not to mention the removal of those “activist” judges who interpreted “equality for all” to mean equality for all, one Democratic senator promises to thwart efforts to allow Iowans to vote on gay marriage.
See, Senate majority Leader, Mike Gronstal, is one of the few politicians in Iowa that realizes it is unconstitutional to allow the majority to vote on the rights of the minority.
According to Secretary of the Senate, Mike Marshall, “There’s no mechanism whereby senators, even a majority of senators, can override the majority leader.”
Deal with that, Repugs.
Still, in their desire to ignore any and all issues that face Iowans, like, um, oh, the economy, Senate Republicans intend to try various maneuvers to force a vote, even though they know such efforts will not succeed.
Hmmm, sweeping change, or still the Party of No?
Senate Minority Leader, and Republican asshat, Paul McKinley thinks pressure from the public might force Gronstal to allow a vote, but Gronstal says that will never happen.
It’s simple, really, Mike Gronstal believes the right thing means protecting the civil rights of gays and lesbians, and he is reaffirming his vow that he will not bow to pressure, no matter how nasty it gets: “The easy political thing for me to do years ago would have been to say, ‘Oh, let’s let this thing go. It’s just too political and too messy.’ What’s ugly is giving up what you believe in, that everybody has the same rights. Giving up on that? That’s ugly.”
Yes, it is, Mike, and I could just kiss you for saying that!