Breaking: Iowa House OKs Marriage Vote 62-37, with support of 3 Dems


Nearly two-thirds of Iowa House Reps are in favor of allowing Iowans to vote on marriage:

Three House Democrats sided with Republicans to support a resolution to begin the Iowa constitutional amendment process to prohibit same sex marriage.

“I represent a conservative district in the state. There’s no question about that. Sometimes when I represent my district I have to differ from other members of my caucus that come from more liberal parts of the state,” said Rep. Kurt Swaim, D-Bloomfield who voted in favor of the resolution.

In addition to Swaim, Democrats Dan Muhlbauer of Manilla and Brian Quirk of New Hampton voted with Republicans for the resolution. [Des Moines Register]

The resolution will now go to the Iowa Senate, where Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has made it clear he would rather lose his seat than allow Iowans to have a say on marriage.