April 3rd, 2009
05:25 PM ET
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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. Mike from KC

    Rep. Steve King- get over it! This was the same argument used in Massachusetts, and it didn't happen.

    Denying same sex couples the right to marry is wrong, and goes against the 'equal protection' clause, and this is what the Iowa Supreme Court ruled- and rightly so!

    April 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Tom

    In the past, I, like most people, believed that the difference between Dems. and Reps. were policy and political power. What I never thought about was the intelligence, or lack there of, of our elected officals. However, since the election of Pres. Obama, it is being made perfectly clear that we have many Republicans who are either religious fanatics or are just plain stupid. Since when does the opinion of the majority outweigh the decisions of the Supreme Court of any State or the Country... "what fools these mortals be".

    April 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Blunckhouse

    As a native Iowan who now lives elsewhere, I am proud of my home state being so progressive. I'll bet the midwest has the highest concentration of intelligent people, as long as you exclude Missouri.

    April 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Pete


    Explain the constitutional rationale for discrimminating against gay couples who seek to get married that ISN'T based on religious beliefs? Unless you are going to argue that gay people aren't actually full citizens of the US, then you don't have a legal leg to stand on.

    Remember, 40 years ago, it was illegal in over 20 states for interracial couples to get married. Such laws were also passed in the name of "tradition".

    Sorry, GOP, gay marriage is going to happen in this country. And when it comes, and very little has actually changed, you're going to feel really freaking stupid.

    April 3, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Jon in CA

    Can anyone explain something to me.....

    If being gay isn't a choice (rather a genetic make-up of an individual).... HOW exactly does a genetic characteristic that has NO CHANCE of reproducing itself... continue to exist?

    If not for artificial insemination or gay people having children the heterosexual way.... two gay people would never have offspring – continuing the genetic link.

    April 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |

    "jimmy" and "say again" both work for the Republican party, do not let them BS you with their fake outrages. Tell Bonner I said hi and that his hair sucks.

    April 3, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    From the Fourteenth Amendment:

    "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."

    What part of that don't the idiot neo-cons understand? Self-righteous, narrow-minded, bigotry... Next, they'll start trying to make it illegal for girls to go to school and women to get driver's licenses.

    April 3, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Jon in CA

    @ Gareth says,
    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"


    The solution – change the State Constitution like we did in California!

    April 3, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Tim

    Homosexuality is a sickness. Like Obama bowing before King Abdullah.

    April 3, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. awaitingmoderationbyCNN

    Liberal court decsion, should be decided by residents, without ACORN, unions and George Soros backed organizations showering money on all of the crooked liberal politicians (is there any other kind?)

    April 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Gross

    Homosex is a sickness like Obama bowing to worship King Abdullah. Plain wrong.

    April 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Josh in NC

    I don't seem to remember the Republicans crying "down with activist judges" when the US Supreme Court over-ruled the popular vote and gave ole GW the presidency........

    April 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Merle Allen

    Social engineering? When did equality become social engineering? Doesn't Mr. King see the revenue generating opportunity here? Being the gay marriage mecca would be a GREAT advertising to attract the gay tourist dollar.
    Equality is not up for debate or vote. It's a privilege granted by the Constitution.

    April 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Kevin B

    This issue is just what the republicans need to get their juices flowing.

    It has all of the hallmarks of the devisive, close minded, intolerant, hateful, us versus them, hypocritcal mentality that has turned the nation's stomach.

    Keep up the great work GOP , and be rewarded with defeat after defeat

    April 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. nick

    phoenix86 and jimmy
    Are you two, brother born out of a sister- brother relationship?
    your comments are stupid beyond belief..

    April 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Video Guy

    Maybe its God way of reminding us that he will be the judge, and we should grow up.

    April 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Casey

    What are you homophobes afraid of? Good grief, if someone wants to be in a committed, monogamous marriage, how the heck does that hurt YOU?

    If you put half the energy you waste in hate towards helping people be all they can be; towards helping those less fortunate than you; towards community service, this world would be a far better place.

    We can all do without the naysayers that seem to be loudest, hatemongers and fear-spreaders in this country.

    Thank goodness we elected Obama/Biden and not McCain/Palin!

    April 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. thetruth

    Im a liberal democrat and I agree with Rep. King, lets get this issue out into the open and deal with it. Marriage wether you like it or not is an institution ordained and created by GOD. Yes GOD, the one who created all things, whether you believe he exists or not. In the Christian Bible GOD said that man to man or woman to woman love is abominadble unto him. Also the cities of Soddham and Gommorah were destroyed by GOD for all manner of sin, mainly because of rampant homosexual acts. If we continue to allow rampant gay activity we wil certainly perish. However I live in this world and think that people should not be discriminated against. Gay people can join together in whatever unions they want ..under no circumstances should we redefine the instution and call gay unions gay marriage or recognize it as such. Marriage is between a man and a woman. And no I dont fear gay people I fear GOD's wrath upon us all if we continue support gayism.

    April 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Alex

    Let people live free and happy, what do you care if two people who love each other get married?

    April 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Rex A. Crouch

    Same sex marriage is a Civil Rights issues, not a state issue. As long as individual states continue to support same sex marriage, the agenda will become a Constitutional one.

    April 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. The Reverend Etha Graham

    As regards the silly comparison's between the First Lady and Carla Bruni, can we not assess them by the content of their characters? Rather than what they wear?

    Frankly, one is a good role model and the other is a much rolled model.

    April 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. dave

    Can you imagine how terrible it would be if gay people were allowed to live their lives as they saw fit without government "interFEARance" in the state of Iowa??? That would go against everything the Republican party stands for!

    I really don't uderstand how two gay people comiting their lives to each other makes a bit of differance to anybody but the two people involved. The Republicans could gain a lot of ground by aliging their small government words with some non-action on social issues. It could actually strike fear in the hearts of Democrats. Let the loony fringe of your party go form their own party and we would all be better off.

    April 3, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Danny J

    What do the majority od Iowans want? Personally, I think the decision should be left up to them.

    April 3, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. bluesky

    (If being gay isn't a choice (rather a genetic make-up of an individual)…. HOW exactly does a genetic characteristic that has NO CHANCE of reproducing itself… continue to exist?)

    Closet gays in heterosexual marriages, and bisexuals.

    April 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. Matt

    Gay Marriage has been legal here in Massachusetts for the past seven years and the state hasnt turned into a "gay marriage mecca"...the world didnt end...and neither me nor any other straight person I know has turned gay.

    People are just so ignorant its not even funny.

    April 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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