Republican lawmakers in Iowa have introduced House Joint Resolution 8 which would change the state constitution to ban gay marriage.
The resolution, which currently has eight sponsors, seeks to add the following amendment to the state’s constitution:
“Marriage. In accordance with the laws of nature and nature’s God, the state of Iowa recognizes the definition of marriage to be the solemnized union between one human biological male and one human biological female.”
If the resolution is adopted, it would be published and referred to the next general assembly for adoption. If adopted, voters would then vote on the amendment, according to the local CBS News affiliate.
In 2009, Iowa was the third state to legalize same-sex marriage following Massachusetts and Connecticut. In 2015, the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling made same-sex marriage legal throughout the U.S.
But last summer’s SCOTUS ruling on abortion rights reversing Roe v. Wade also put marriage equality back in conservatives cross-hairs.
IF the Supreme Court were to reverse Obergefell, any state law regarding marriage rights would kick back into force. So, if Iowa has this proposed change its state constitution in place, same-sex marriage rights disappear in Iowa.
On the other end of the spectrum, last week I reported that California is currently working to remove its hideous Prop 8 law that banned same-sex marriage in the Golden State back in 2008. The law is still on the books, and as mentioned, goes back into force if SCOTUS u-turns on marriage equality.
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