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Iowa GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Want Gay Marriage Reversed

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The three Republican candidates for governor of Iowa each expressed their desire to reverse marriage equality during a televised debate Thursday.

According to Radio Iowa, "The first televised debate featuring the three Republican candidates for governor gave the trio a new forum to restate their views on the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa. Each would like to see the ruling reversed."

Candidate Bob Vander Plaats, a business consultant, said he would issue an executive order to ban same-sex marriages until a statewide vote could be held on the issue. Former governor Terry Branstad and state representative Rod Roberts, a Christian minister, countered that an executive order would be unconstitutional, and that a statewide vote would be the only valid mechanism.

News station KTIV, which sponsored the debate, offers a full transcript here.

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