Alex Blaze

Mike Gronstal rejects marriage amendment in Iowa

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, You Gotta See This
Tags: iowa, LGBT, marriage, Mike Gronstal, Senate

Iowa senate majority leader Mike Gronstal isn't going to let an amendment to ban same-sex marriage go forward here this session, and here's his response to an attempt to get it through. Transcript after the jump.

Thanks to Bose in the comments.

Transcript
One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and her particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay marriage. They were talking about discussions going on across the country.

Any my daughter Kate, after listening for about 20 minutes, said to them: You guys dont understand. Youve already lost. My generation doesnt care.

I think I learned something from my daughter that day, when she said that. And Ive talked with other people about it and thats what I see, Senator McKinley. I see a bunch of people that merely want to profess their love for each other, and want state law to recognize that.

Is that so wrong? I dont think thats so wrong. As a matter of fact, last Friday night, I hugged my wife. You know Ive been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have the state recognize their love for each other.

No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you.


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