Iowa anti-gay marriage activists plan ban rally

Sun. December 27, 2009 12:00 AM by

Opponents of gay marriage in Iowa are organizing a large rally next month to pressure lawmakers to act on a gay marriage ban, Fox News reported.

Social conservatives have vowed to reverse the Iowa Supreme Court's April 3 unanimous ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state with a constitutional amendment that bans the institution.

Unlike other states such as California, a constitutional amendment needs the approval of the General Assembly before heading to the ballot box.

The anti-gay group Iowa Family Policy Council Action is sponsoring the January 12 rally, which is expected to draw hundreds to the Capitol to protest Democratic Governor Chet Culver's address on the Condition of the State to a joint session of the General Assembly with Iowa Supreme Court justices present. Democrats, who control both houses and the governor's mansion, have repeatedly blocked Republican efforts to ban gay marriage.

But opponents believe the issue of gay marriage will reignite the GOP base in 2010 as voters head to the polls to elect new leadership.

Bryan English, the group's spokesman, told the news agency that the event is important because it marks the first time all three branches of state government are together since gay marriage was legalized in Iowa.

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