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April 3rd, 2009

McKinley: Will Governor Culver Keep His Promise to Protect Traditional Marriage?

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Written by: Craig Robinson

mckinleySenator 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.

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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