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Iowa Senate Dem Vows to Block Marriage Equality Vote

Iowa Senate Dem Vows to Block Marriage Equality Vote


Mike Gronstal, the Iowa senate majority leader, said that he would use his power to prevent a vote on a marriage amendment to the state constitution.

The Democrat's reaffirmed commitment arrives as Republicans prepare to take control of the governor's office and house, and may even reach a 25-25 tie in the senate, which would give Gronstal equal power.

According to The Des Moines Register, "Senate Republicans intend to try various maneuvers to force a vote, even though they don't believe such efforts will succeed. Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley, R-Chariton, hopes public pressure might eventually compel Gronstal to allow a vote, but Gronstal said Wednesday that will never happen."

The Register reports that the secretary of the senate said there is no mechanism whereby even a majority of senators could override the majority leader.

Meanwhile, governor-elect Terry Branstad, who would likely apply the pressure on Gronstal, said the majority leader's opposition to a marriage vote is what prompted the opposition to oust the three state supreme court judges who voted for the court's unanimous marriage equality decision last year.

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