Editorial Board: Don't Change Iowa Constitution

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 10 2010 5:25 PM ET

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald has urged Iowans to vote no on whether to convene a new constitutional convention, which could facilitate an amendment rescinding marriage equality in the state.

"Were voters to approve a convention, gay marriage opponents figure, they might push through an amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman and put it before voters," editorial staff wrote in a Sunday opinion piece. "It would be one thing if that were the only issue. But a 'yes' vote, which would throw open Iowa's entire constitution, is a perilous prospect."

Regardless of one's opinion on gay marriage in the state, the paper continued, constitutional conventions risk attracting "political donnybrooks."

"Once a convention opens, anything in the constitution could be put up for amendment or elimination. That might not be in Iowans' best interests," the editorial board wrote.

Read the full opinion piece here