A coalition of pastors is pushing Iowa lawmakers to let voters decide whether to uphold marriage equality in the state.
The group, known as Purpose Ministries, announced Tuesday that it had collected more than 800 petition signatures from pastors with the aid of the Iowa Family Policy Center, a socially conservative group opposed to marriage equality.
Last year the Iowa supreme court ruled that the state had no vital interest in denying marriage rights to same-sex couples. Iowa is one of five states where gay marriage is legal.
Earlier this year the pro-marriage equality group Interfaith Alliance of Iowa had presented state legislators with a letter signed by 167 Iowa clergy members in favor of marriage rights for gays and lesbians, Radio Iowa reports.
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