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Same sex marriage ban proposal passes Iowa House

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February 2, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa: Two years after the Iowa Supreme Court struck down a ban on same-sex marriage, a proposal has been brought in front of the Iowa General Assembly in order to re-enact that ban by amending the Iowa Constitution.[1]

Supporters of the measure include State Representative Dwayne Alons, who urged passage of the measure to the ballot during the house debate. During the debate in session, Alons stated that lawmakers should “trust Iowans to make the right decision.”[1]

On February 1, 2011, the Iowa House of Representatives voted 62-37 to approve the measure for the 2012 ballot. The House debated for three hours before the vote took place. However, before the measure can make the ballot, the Iowa State Senate must approve the measure with a similar vote on the proposal. A majority vote is required from the Iowa General Assembly in order to officially place a measure on the ballot for voters. Although the measure passed the state house, according to reports the proposal is expected to be rejected in the state senate when that chamber votes on it during session.[1][2]

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