Senator Paul McKinley, Republican Leader in the Iowa Senate, want know is Governor Culver will stand by his earlier comments about supporting traditional marriage.
McKinley said, ““Governor Culver told a statewide television audience just last year that ‘we’ll do whatever it takes to protect marriage between a man and a woman,’ so I hope the governor is ready to join with the Republicans in the Iowa Legislature by endorsing a Constitutional Amendment that protects traditional marriage and gives the people of Iowa a chance to have their say. Republicans know that protecting traditional marriage is important to Iowans and it is time for Governor Culver to show some leadership and make good on his word.”
Senator McKinley also said that there are 26 votes for a Marriage Amendment in the Senate if Senator Gronstal will allow the vote.
Chet Culver in January of 2008
DES MOINES — Gov. Chet Culver, an opponent of gay marriage, said Friday he would seek a quick response in the Legislature if the Iowa Supreme Court rules that same sex couples have a right to marry.
Culver, speaking after he taped “Iowa Press,” said he doesn’t want to take action before the Supreme Court rules. However, if the court upholds a lower court ruling in favor of gay marriage, he said the Legislature can, and should, respond quickly.
“We’ll do whatever it takes to protect marriage between a man and a woman,” Culver said.
He didn’t rule out a special legislative session to deal with the issue, if the court rules after the Legislature adjourns for the year.
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” Culver said.
Chet Culver in April 2009
DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver issued the following statement in response to this morning’s opinion by the Iowa Supreme Court in Varnum v. Brien:
“The decision released this morning by Supreme Court addresses a complicated and emotional issue, one on which Iowans have strong views and opinions on both sides. The next responsible step is to thoroughly review this decision, which I am doing with my legal counsel and the Attorney General, before reacting to what it means for Iowa.”
The guys over at Bold Color Conservative were on this early this morning. You can check out their blog here.
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