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A source familiar with the Iowa legislative process said that Thursday, March 6 was one of two “funnel days” for the 100-day 2008 legislative calendar. Since the amendment didn’t move forward on that day, chances are it won’t. Rants pointed out that Democratic state representative Kurt Swain “co-sponsored the marriage amendment bill and can’t even bring it to a full vote.”
The Des Moines Register reports that 122 of 150 lawmakers in Iowa support the traditional definition of marriage. But that’s a far cry from supporting a constitutional amendment to that effect, which the Democratic leadership has declined to do. House Speaker Pat Murphy recently told the Sioux City Journal flatly, “We are not going to take up this bill.”
Would the legislature at least pass a residency requirement? No, said Rants: “We have no reason to think [the Democratic majority] will meet us half-way in that regard.”
He added, “Without a residency restriction, a gay marriage law would make Iowa ‘the gay Las Vegas.’”
Except that what happens in Iowa won’t stay in Iowa.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?