House Republicans are expected to use a procedural rule today that would let them advance a bill that would allow the people of Iowa to vote on an amendment to the state’s constitution that would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
Rule 60 allows House members to withdraw a bill that has been in committee for eighteen legislative days. The marriage amendment bill met that requirement this past Friday. For the actual bill to be placed on the debate calendar, it must receive at least 51 votes.
That means seven Democrats must join with the 44 Republicans for the bill to advance. The following Democrat State Representatives have either voted in favor of this procedure last year, or said that they support letting the people of Iowa vote on this critical issue. By the end of the day, we should know if Representatives really support traditional marriage or not.
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