Gay marriage amendment will not appear in Iowa

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February 15, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa: Representative Kraig Paulsen introduced a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with gay marriage to the Iowa Legislature, but the measure failed in a House vote by a count of 45-54 during the week of February 9, 2010. Therefore the amendment did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot. The measure, if enacted would have defined marriage as only between a man and a woman in the state.[1]

According to reports, the failure of the bill means that the earliest the issue could be placed before voters would be the 2014 ballot. However, a poll taken in early February showed that 62 percent of state residents believe the same-sex marriage debate shouldn't be on the minds of the state legislature and that more significant issues need to be on the agenda.

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