Iowa Rep. King worries decision means "gay marriage Mecca"

The conservative Republican says Iowans must pass a constitutional amendment to overturn a court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

Published April 3, 2009 4:50PM (EDT)

Iowa Rep. Steve King, a conservative Republican, isn't the least bit happy about the court decision announced this morning that legalized same-sex marriage in his state. Here, via Ben Smith, is his statement reacting to the decision:

This is an unconstitutional ruling and another example of activist judges molding the Constitution to achieve their personal political ends. Iowa law says that marriage is between one man and one woman. If judges believe the Iowa legislature should grant same sex marriage, they should resign from their positions and run for office, not legislate from the bench.

Now it is the Iowa legislature’s responsibility to pass the Marriage Amendment to the Iowa Constitution, clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman, to give the power that the Supreme Court has arrogated to itself back to the people of Iowa. Along with a constitutional amendment, the legislature must also enact marriage license residency requirements so that Iowa does not become the gay marriage Mecca due to the Supreme Court’s latest experiment in social engineering.

Update: By the way, I should note that it's not like becoming a "gay marriage Mecca" would be such a bad thing for Iowa. The state can use all the help it can get in attracting new people to the state, especially young people, and it needs to work on retaining them as well. Iowa has a very serious brain drain problem; only North Dakota's is worse.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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