April 3rd, 2009
05:25 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Erika, KS

    Oh My! Someone else's relationship is sooooo intimidating to mine. What a bunch of idiots. People deserve to be happy and marry anyone they want, regardless of gender. As long as they're adults, who cares? This is such a non-issue.

    April 3, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Sam

    Further proof that many Republicans are morons.

    April 3, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Marge

    The country is falling apart, we are bleeding jobs mostly overseas, the banks are failing, the roads are crumbling, buildings are in decay and this piece of crap is concerned that the country is allowing people to have rights.

    This is the trouble with the republicans for eight years they tried their best to control peoples lives and let everything else go. Throw this guy out of office unless he gets a grip.

    April 3, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. kevin

    Oh, right – Iowa, that bastion of liberal views.

    Of course Rep King is a Republican and continues to peddle hatred, misinformation and ignorance, the Republican thing when it comes to all things social.

    What is the political makeup of the Iowa Supreme Court? Remember, California's Supreme Court was all Republican except for one Democrat appointment and they still overturned the hatred which led to Prop 8. Hopefully they'll overturn that mess as well.

    I'm so tired of all the hatred coming from the right and the religious right. A person's sexual orientation is not their choice and they hurt absolutely NO ONE. They deserve the same rights as any other citizen. Religion has no place in our laws!!!

    April 3, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Masford

    How about some positive reaction from some Iowans like the Senate majority leader and Speaker of the House instead of just putting out negative responses from Republicans?

    April 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Jim in San Jose

    Don't worry yourself about it Sweetie. Go back and listen to the Music Man, in particular, the song Iowa Stubborn. It may be enlightened, but it's still Iowa.

    April 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. IndependentTogether

    Jimmy, since when is it constitutional to limit rights? And wouldn't banning same sex marriage actually do just that? If you really love the Constitution, you'd stop with the hypocrisy and phony outrage.

    April 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Lauren

    Your ignorance says it all, sir.

    Only uneducated people or people that choose to be ignorant would agree with you. You should be proud that your state is so avant-garde as to allow same-sex marriage.

    I'm straight and engaged and I cannot comprehend what it must feel like to have people with their own religious views trying to implement legislation on behalf of their beliefs dictating who is acceptable to love and marry.

    Congratulations, Iowa!

    Hopefully more states will follow including my own, Florida.

    April 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Kate Sjostrand

    If one succumbs to the Jeffersonian basis for the first amendment, the erection of a wall between church and state, then marriage CANNOT be strictly defined according to one's religious beliefs. To the contrary, it MUST be viewed from a legal perspective, with the inherent embedded rights (taxes, medical decisions, estates, etc.). As such, it would be really nice if people could keep their religious views to themselves, and stop trying to use them to dictate policy. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled wisely.

    April 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Sad day for Iowans, since win does the Supreme Court get to play god. I believe god's intentions were to have a relationship between a man and a woman. Just typical Democrats screwing things up as usual. Here is an idea if you want to be gay lets put an extra tax on those people for making the rest of us normal people want to puke.

    April 3, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Paul

    Just for your own info. Perhaps those so opposed to things different in life should check out near death experiences and reincarnation. Being Gay or even of a different race has nothing to do with biological standings. It seems that we reincarnate into different bodies to learn–so food for thought. Anyone can be placed in the body of an opposite sex–hence anyone of us could end up being gay or black, white, or yellow in another life. No better way to learn than walking a mile in another man's or woman's shoes.

    April 3, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Marriage Should Sacred

    Why is it so hard for people to understand that marriage was created to be 1 Man and 1 Women. I am all for gay couples having rights to jobs, same sex health benefits, etc. but I believe that marriage was made for 1 Man and 1 Women. This country was built by christians and the Holy Bible. Read it. This country is so messed up because we want to make rules as we go. That is why the Bible explains that the wiser we are, the weaker we get. We are slowly self-destructing because we are following our own ways and not GODS way.

    I have gay couple that are really close friends of ours. I would not attend a wedding if they had one. I believe people have the right to do what they want but it does not mean that it is right.

    April 3, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Ain't life strange?

    I'm sorry, but isn't limiting marriage to one man and one woman 'social engineering'. Why are people so afraid of same sex marriages? With all that we have to worry about in these times, I would think the energy spent on stopping something that is no ones business would be best placed in other areas.

    April 3, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Cynth

    I'd be more afraid of my state being a Republican mecca.

    April 3, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. MI

    If you don't believe in gay marriage, don't do it! If you don't want any more gay,bi, transgender men and women in the world, take yourself out of the gene pool now.

    April 3, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. Ed

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

    Hm... if "Iowa" law said that marrige is between "a white and a white" or "a Christian and a Christian," would Mr. King suggest that that would pass muster?

    The great thing about our judicial system is that it is obligated to uphold the law and civil rights, regardless of whatever particular unconstitutional and discriminatory passions Mr. King and his supporters happen to harbor.

    April 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    Republicans are afraid of everything except the one thing that is the most scary – themselves.

    April 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. seanm

    The divorce rate for straight couples is north of 50%. So who is really debasing the institution of marriage here?

    April 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Sophia33

    What the Iowa courts did today was very constitutional. Rep. King is on the wrong side of history. The rights of a minority cannot be placed up for the majority to decide. If this weren't the case, slavery would still be legal in this country.

    April 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Fordy

    This is the single thing in the world with which i agree with Republicans. Marriage is between a man and a woman(full stop)

    April 3, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Patrick Peavy Dallas,TX

    I don't care about marriage for myself personally either way. However, I am enjoying a huge laugh at other people's expense right now. I love how gay marriage makes grown people whine and cry.

    April 3, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. arithmetic is liberal

    Graham April 3rd, 2009 6:09 pm ET

    Since when did the "CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" ever say you have the right to marry? Someone answer that question!

    Amendment 14.
    You are allowed to marry.
    Question answered.

    April 3, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Rene

    I've been civil united in Vermont, and married twice in California (to the same spouse all three times). We'll keep getting married, too. But we just decided not to tie the knot in Iowa. It's probably not a huge gay marriage destination.

    Eventually, the U.S. will have to choose between the ideals of our founders (which gave us the separation of church and state, the system of checks and balances, equal protection under the law and no taxation without representation) or the fears of the religious right (with a parallel in sharia, or Islamic law).

    April 3, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Mudkips

    The theocratic GOP is fading out of relevance so fast after they stopped being the party of Reagan and started being the party of Rush, Hannity, and Palin. They are trying to claw on to what little dying significance they might have left in this country, that they need to rail against something that cannot possibly harm them in any way.

    April 3, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    Can anyone please tell me how it will personally effect Steve King if a gay couple gets married in his state.
    He does not want the extra revenue generated to his state from people traveling there to be married, eating in restaurants and staying in motels?
    Will he not sleep at night knowing he can not control what people legally do in their bedrooms?
    People need to stand up to the Steve King bullies in this world. It is not for him to decide what consenting adults can and can not do.
    Politicians need to stay out of our bedrooms.

    April 3, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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