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

Republican warns of 'gay marriage Mecca'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/03/art.king.gi.jpg caption=" 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. Larry Winberry

    It is time for the old politico guard in this country to get a life and live and let live. What in god's name are you so afraid of? It is time for the conservative extremists in this country to start walking the talk – "Do unto others as you would have done to you". Show some respect and tolerance for other people's rights. You do not have a monopoly on the moral high ground. Everyone in America has the same rights to the pursuit of happiness regardless of the sexual orientation.

    April 3, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Bill

    Why are more worried about same sex marriage than we are about 14 people being murdered?

    April 3, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Texas Liberal

    I wish conservative Christians would stop acting like they know what God thinks and wants. Nobody knows. Keep your hypotheses to yourselves and don't judge other people for not believing your theories.

    April 3, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Corey

    Iowa as a gay mecca? The state would only be so lucky... Keep dreaming (closeted onserviative Republicans!)! I don't think the state has anything to worry about. You couldn't pay me to go live there!

    April 3, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Dave in Arizona

    Yes Iowa Rep. Steve King , God forbid that two human beings could have happiness in your jurisdiction.

    April 3, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Super MOD

    I do not support gay marriage, but I do not condone the government telling people what they can and cannot do in private. I think there are much bigger issues to worry about than complaining over a gay marriage. We need to focus on getting the economy back on track.

    April 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. redwulf25

    On April 3rd, 2009 5:38 pm ET arithmetic is liberal said:
    Oh my! We can't have gays come to Iowa. That might lead to… dancing!!

    Worse. It could lead to . . .

    Musical theater!

    April 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. arithmetic is liberal

    Text of the 14th Amendment, Section 1 to the Constitution:

    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    This is one of those post-Civil War amendments, and we all know how bigots feel about those...

    April 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Jeff Adams

    Iowans realize this issue is one of human rights and are known for their vision. They will set in motion a trend for others in the nation to follow.

    April 3, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Tim

    In the end, equality always wins.


    The judges are "activist" simply because Mr King doesn't agree with the decision.


    April 3, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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