A move to repeal the marriage rights of gay and lesbian couples in Iowa had a setback in the state senate Thursday.
By a party-line vote of 26-24, with Democrats in the majority, the senators decided to not to overrule majority leader Mike Gronstal (pictured, left) and bring the anti-marriage equality measure up for a vote.
The measure is a constitutional amendment that would go before voters after being passed in two consecutive sessions of the legislature. A house committee voted this week to advance the measure to the full house, which plans to hold a hearing on it Monday, but Gronstal has pledged that the senate will not consider it. Iowa has had marriage equality since 2009, thanks to a state supreme court decision.
"There are members of Senator Gronstal's party who want to see this issue brought to a vote of the people and he is still stifling Iowans' voices," Republican senator Kent Sorenson (pictured, right) said in the article.