April 3rd, 2009
05:25 PM ET
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Republican warns of 'gay marriage Mecca'

 King said Friday the Iowa Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage is an experiment in social engineering.
King said Friday the Iowa Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage is an experiment in social engineering.

(CNN) – Iowa Rep. Steve King condemned his state Supreme Court's Friday decision to lift a decade-long ban on same-sex marriage, saying it puts the state in danger of becoming a "gay marriage Mecca."

"This is an unconstitutional ruling and another example of activist judges molding the Constitution to achieve their personal political ends," King said in statement. "Iowa law says that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Earlier: Iowa court backs gay marriage

"Now it is the Iowa legislature's responsibility to pass the Marriage Amendment to the Iowa Constitution, clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman, to give the power that the Supreme Court has arrogated to itself back to the people of Iowa," he added. "Along with a constitutional amendment, the legislature must also enact marriage license residency requirements so that Iowa does not become the gay marriage Mecca due to the Supreme Court's latest experiment in social engineering."

The state's highest court determined Friday that "the Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution," court spokesman Steve Davis said in a written statement. (Read Court ruling [PDF])


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  1. Gene

    What's next? If Iowa becomes the gay mecca (forget about the other states who voted to allow gay marriage), then it may become the next fashion mecca...

    What will they ever do?

    This is just homophobia and religion crying out.

    April 3, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Brian

    I hope they have ceremonies in your driveway, dude. Get a grip.

    April 3, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Jimmy

    Representative Steve King is absolutely right.

    There is nothing constitutional about the Iowa court's decision today.

    April 3, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    The United States was founded on the principal of the rule of the majority with respect for the minority. The judicial branch and liberal dems seem intent on changing this to Minority Rule without consideration of majority opinions.

    Perhaps the great experiment in American democratic ideals is dead.

    April 3, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Expat in Canada

    Iowa as a "gay mecca" – that might be the funniest thing I have read in a long time.

    April 3, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Evan

    Oh, good grief.

    Ellen Ripley asked a very pertinent question in the movie Aliens 2 which I find so relevant now - did I.Q's drop sharply while I was away?

    This is stupid!

    Discrimination is illegal in America.
    Any questions?

    April 3, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    San Francisco is the world's gay destination now, do the people of Iowa want the same thing to happen to their state? If they do, I'll be very surprised.

    April 3, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Dan

    "Iowa law says that marriage is between one man and one woman."

    Not anymore, Mr. King. Hope you enjoy living in a "gay marriage Mecca."

    April 3, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. 31% of Americans are TRAITORS for wanting America to FAIL and 69% of Americans to SUFFER!

    Some comments are so ignorant and stupid that it does not deserve a response.

    This homophobe's rantings is one such example.

    April 3, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Marc

    The same argument was made in MA about a gay mecca, that didn't happen. Just more fear mongering from the neo cons. Get a life and maybe you will get your nose out of mine!

    April 3, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. arithmetic is liberal

    What would the matter with that be?
    Are we afraid of Iowa corn fields getting trampled by Chuck Grassley's "Giant Maurading Lesbians"?

    April 3, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Brian Crooks

    So...it's unconstitutional for Supreme Court Justices to decide that a law is unconstitutional? Steve King has NO IDEA what he's talking about. In his mind, if a judge rules a law unconstitutional, the voters can decide that the judge was wrong and that the law really IS constitutional after all.

    Clearly, Mr. King hasn't ever attended a gay wedding. I've been to two, one in CA when they were legal and one in MA and these guys go all out! I'm talkin' huge cake, over-the-top decorations, full wedding band, the whole nine. Does he have any idea how much money will be spent on these things every year? That's economic stimulus right there. It's like he's saying "there will be too many conventions if we rule conventions constitutional." Accept the money, accept the stimulus, accept the fact that gays are always going to be around. If you're so worried about the sanctity of marriage, then you should absolutely draft legislation to outlaw divorce. Do it right now. While you're at it, draft legislation to outlaw marriage if the man and woman are incapable of reproducing. No menopausal women, no impotent men, no men who have had vasectomies (better outlaw those too while we're at it), no women who cannot carry a baby to term.

    April 3, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Greg in Colorado

    Another bigoted idiot!!!!!! What only marriage for the heteros? What makes these people feel that they are so important. Gays are a tax paying citizens. How dare these christians wackos put their religion onto what is supposidly the free world. It is only free when you are a WHASP. White Heterosexual Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Whether you to believe it is a sacrament or a right it doesn't matter... to be treated as a second class citizen will be something that the moral right will never feel; never understand. Long Live the right to human rights that are granted to us by the constituition.

    April 3, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Michigan

    I can't for the life of me understand why some are so threatened by homosexuality...and this is coming from a born again white heterosexual female...?

    April 3, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. yuri

    OK, Now we 've a King who is a fixer of these kindsa knotty situations. And that's what we call a King-fixer. Yay!

    April 3, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Erl Breg

    It would be wonderful if Rep. Steve King would actually read the judgement from top to bottom, and stop worrying about civil marriage for same-sex families. Religious marriages can be guided by their own beliefs, but civil marriage is a creature of the state, and religions were NEVER intended to supplant state constitutions. He might want to check into countries with religion and state as one. As to the idea that the majority should rule over the constitution, he needs to study some constitutional law, Judges are one of the three legs of the Republic's and the State of Iowa's and are not answerable to voters or legislators or religions or interest groups, but to the founding documents of the most wonderful country in the world, the USA. Besides, we in Canada have gay civil marriages, some held in churches, most held in city or town halls, and hell has yet to arrive here.

    April 3, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. say again

    yuck ! sickens me to even think about 2 men or 2 women in bed with each other..I am NOT republican, but I DO believe in the Bibles Blessing on marriages, 1 woman, 1 man...if they have neccesary skills, fine, hire them, however, dont promote thier marriages !

    April 3, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. SteveBurns1947

    Iowa should only hope that it becomes a gay marriage mecca. Do you have any idea how much disposable income gay couples have? I'd bet most gay couples coming into the state would spend $2-6,000 on an Iowa wedding. That doesn't include all the friends and family would spend either.

    What a stupid man. Read the justices comments. We are you. We just have a lot more money.

    April 3, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Chut Pata

    Gay marriages are outlawed in Mecca, and the penalty is stoning to death. Someone tell this idiot to try some other city, Vatican would be my choice.

    April 3, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. GET Over IT!

    Iowa Rep. Steve King condemned his state Supreme Court's Friday decision to lift a decade-long ban on same-sex marriage, saying it puts the state in danger of becoming a "gay marriage Mecca."
    Steve King need to out of the Closet !!!!!

    April 3, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. ray ray

    Apparently Iowa is where you can get corn cobs and your cob corned.

    April 3, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. arithmetic is liberal

    Oh my! We can't have gays come to Iowa. That might lead to... dancing!!

    April 3, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Greg in Colorado

    Dan you are a so cruel... but then again i don't think you care that other people think that of you. What a shame!!!

    April 3, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. Brook E. Mantia

    Appropriate name for this guy. What a homophobic horror show! Hasn't he ever heard of "liberty and justice for ALL?"

    April 3, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Gareth

    Conservative idiots need to read up on their civics textbooks. The role of the judicial branch is to step in when things are **AGAINST THE LAW**. That's what was done here. That's all. They said that the law, as written, was in violation of the state's Constitution.

    There's nothing 'activist' about it - or how else would you explain a **UNANIMOUS DECISION** from a court stocked with **REPUBLICAN** Judges, geniuses?

    God, the stupidity of conservatives is mind-boggling. Most have no idea of how their own government works.

    April 3, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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