(Harlan) Iowa’s status as the only Midwest state where gay couple’s can marry could be threatened by a special State Senate election after Governor Terry Branstad appointed a Democratic senator to a state post. Harlan Senator Nancy Boettger says this increases the possibility that the marriage amendment could be debated on the Senate floor.
“I think it is very wrong that Michael Gronstal has blocked that vote because the public has asked for that.” Stated Boettger. “It is un-American for us to not allow a vote that the public is asking for by such a sound majority.” Boettger says this has never happened before, adding that this shows the public really cares about that issue and wants to vote on it.
By appointing Senator Swati Dandekar to the Iowa Utiliities Board, Branstad ensured that Republicans would have a chance at sharing control of the State Senate, a chamber where Democrats have used their 26-24 majority to block a number of GOP efforts, most notably a proposed constitutional amendment to make gay marriage illegal.
October 17, 2011
2:00 p.m. newsupdate