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Iowa GOP bashes Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

gay-marriageDES MOINES – After appeals from 5 states which sought to ban same-sex marriages were rejected Monday, the Iowa GOP bashed the decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The grassroots Republicans who make up the core of our party have loudly spoken on this issue, and believe marriage is between one man and one woman,” Republican Party of Iowa Co-Chairman Cody Hoefert said Tuesday. “As a state party, we will continue to fight for marriage. The Republican Party of Iowa stands firmly behind America’s moral heritage of defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. By refusing the opportunity for five American states the right to respectfully petition the federal government for a legal redress of grievances, the U.S. Supreme Court has committed an egregious act of judicial activism.”

Democratic candidate for Governor Jack Hatch recently said that if his opponent, Terry Branstad, retains office, and Republicans gain control of the Senate, voters would fave a “divisive” referendum on the issue.

The Iowa Supreme Court previously ruled that excluding gay and lesbian couples from marriage violated the promise of equal protection under the law and is unconstitutional.

The action by the U.S. Supreme Court essentially clears the way for gay and lesbian couples to wed in a total of 11 states which have tried to ban the practice. The judges offered no opinion, however, on the overall same-sex marriage issue, allowing the matter to play out for a longer period of time in the lower courts. Same-sex marriage is now legal in a total of 30 states – including Iowa and Minnesota – and Washington, D.C.

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