Sioux City Journal: Rally Pushes for Iowa Vote on Marriage


The Sioux City Journal:

Hundreds of advocates for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage crowded the Capitol rotunda Tuesday where they prayed, sang and rallied before lobbying lawmakers.

The effort is likely the last big push this legislative session by groups who want the Democrat-controlled Senate to take up legislation that calls for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which the Republican-controlled House passed last year. If nothing is done, the bill will expire at the end of the legislative session.

... Vander Plaats was joined by leaders from the National Organization for Marriage and Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said the vote to oust the three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage was a historic event.

"Guess what? You changed history," he said to cheers from the crowd. "We were born for this."

The speeches inspired 19-year-old Cody Rouse of Des Moines, who attended the rally with his Des Moines church group, to get more involved in politics. "I'm not always up on all of these issues, but being here, it's exciting. It shows me that I should be more a part of it," he said.