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Iowa session adjourns without marriage or personhood amendments on ballot

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May 12, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa: The Iowa legislative session has ended, leaving two social-issue measures off the 2010 ballot for voters to decide. The session concluded without the marriage amendment and the personhood amendment being sent to public vote.

The marriage amendment would have asked Iowa voters whether or not to define marriage as only between a man and a woman in the state. Representative Kraig Paulsen introduced the proposed constitutional amendment, but the measure failed in a House vote by a count of 45-54 during the week of February 9, 2010.[1]

The personhood amendment would have mandated that the state recognize human eggs as a person, and therefore would result in the cease of abortions in Iowa. The measure was introduced by Representative Dwayne Alons[2]

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