April 3rd, 2009
05:25 PM ET
12 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. Danny J

    Nothing wrong with homosexuality, but that doesn't mean the sanctity of marriage should be violated. The President is with me on this one.

    April 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I cant really picture Iowa being a Mecca for anything

    April 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. nwg6011

    I'm not too crazy about the idea of gay marriages, but I have accepted that it's here to stay.
    I also believe that gay marriages are not nearly as bad as straight divorces.

    April 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. lr

    Yes, us gays are just flocking to Des Moines. Come on, at least say what you really think. Republicans need the gays to scare up votes.

    April 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Failure is a Republican

    "phoenix86 said
    The United States was founded on the principal of the rule of the majority with respect for the minority."

    Right... If that were true then the south would still be segregated with blacks having to ride in the back of the bus and use different restrooms. The MAJORITY in those bigoted souther states had laws to prevent blacks from doing the same things with whites until the COURTS ruled it unconstitutional.

    Just because the majority says they want something doesn't make it right.

    April 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Dee Garland, Tx

    Fortunately this type of mentality will die off as our youth continue to be progressive. Go ahead and pass your laws to legalize discrimination based on your religious beliefs, but ultimately there will be equality for us. We who are gay no longer have to justify who we are as human beings or why we are homosexual/lesbian. We are contributors to society even if we are the minority and we refuse for our voices to not be heard any longer.

    April 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. g

    to gross was it better for you when bush walked around holding his hand

    April 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Kenneth

    Perhaps the great experiment in American democratic ideals is REBORN!

    The seperation of chuch and state LIVES!

    Civil rights is not a matter to be voted on.

    If it was, the great experiment in American democratic ideals would be no different than communist China!

    April 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Angela R.

    (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 !)

    We once banned interracial marriages based on this same reaction...ewww, it's gross, don't let it happen.

    The problem isn't really the marriage, but people taking offense. If gay behavior sickens you, that's understandable, because you're not gay. So don't think about it. But don't interfere with gay people when they want to get married. It's their choice.

    April 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. ac

    @thetruth (liberal democrat???)

    GAYISM??? I feel sorry for you. It must suck to live in fear of other people's love.

    April 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Patrick

    Why is it so hard to understand that the Supreme Court is there to protect citizens against discrimination from the "majority rules" mentality of the masses? Not everything should be put to a public vote! That tired old "activist judge" scare tactic only works on those people who are already too narrow minded to understand the previous point. And who wants them to be voting on your rights?!

    April 3, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. tinu

    I hope someone gets riled up about the "Mecca" context. What is the link between Mecca and Gay folk? What is the relationship between any american and Mecca? I hope some gay folk wed in Steve's Church. Lets see him rebel against constitutional rights then. What is wrong with republicans man.

    April 3, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Brian Crooks

    April 3rd, 2009 5:54 pm ET

    What do the majority od Iowans want? Personally, I think the decision should be left up to them.
    That's not how the country operates. If you subject the rights of a minority to the popular whim of a majority, the minority will ALWAYS lose. Think about it this way. If, in 1776, there was a vote to determine if the vote should be extended to anyone other than White, land-owning males, what do you think they would have said? The courts are there for a reason. They do more than lock people up. The Legislative branch writes the laws (they did that 11 years ago). The Judicial branch interprets the laws (at the request of a party who feels a law is unjust). The Executive branch enforces the laws (which means the governor making sure the marriage licenses are issued fairly).

    April 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. dan

    i think we need to strongly defend marriage. lets outlaw divorce and make adultery a felony.

    and for those of you who love to quote leviticus18:22 on gay relations, lets not forget the very important command of leviticus 19:19 "nor shall you put on a garment made of two different materials"

    sign me up for the wool/cotton blend garment burning party

    April 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Matthew

    I'm from Iowa, a heterosexual, and I would like it if King would shut his mouth. The only bad things that will come of this are:

    1. Westboro
    2. We've invited the wrath of Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA.

    Also, it doesn't matter whether being gay is a choice. Gay people are people, and all people should have the same rights.

    April 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Robert O.

    I hope Iowans are able to banish the fraud of gay "marriage" from their state like we did in CA.

    April 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. California RN

    Conservative Christians want to dictate their version of morality through the use of a 2000 year old piece of fictional literature that states that it's okay to stone a woman to death in the streets if the husband is displeased with her?; if your right eye offends you, pluck it out? Are you people kidding me?

    The Christian religion is responsible for more death and destruction on this planet than any other. They stand in judgment of all, while again and again committing the worst sins against humanity. They've stolen every holiday they celebrate from early Indo-European pagan religions; starting with Christmas in 273 C.E.

    This is America; there is separation of Church and State and for a good reason. It's to stop an immoral minority or a moral majority; whatever the difference is, from discriminating and taking rights away from the rest of us. Me for one, my wife and my little boy and girl, do not need their help, acceptance or salvation. I have nothing again Christ, but Conservative Christians are another matter. Stay out of our lives and may the Goddess have mercy on your souls.

    April 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. ddude95

    To Jon in CA:

    "Can anyone explain something to me…..

    I"f 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?"

    Easy. Straight people keep having gay babies. If homophobic people hate gays so much, they should stop having them.

    This is a great day to be an Iowan. Our state motto rings today: "OUR LIBERTIES WE PRIZE AND OUR RIGHTS WE WILL MAINTAIN."

    April 3, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Dittohead

    josh in NC, presidential elections are decided by the electoral college. maybe if the news organizations on the east coast had not called the election for gore, maybe more repubs in the west would have gone and voted for W giving him more of the popular vote.

    know your constitution.

    April 3, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. james

    my partner and I, and all of my THOUSANDS of gay couple friends are going to flood Iowa, spend thousands of dollars, eat in your restaurants, stay in hotels! can you imagine the horror!? we might even visit our friends, families and churches we've left in Iowa to go live a comfortable life where we are not judged.

    oh, never mind, i wouldn't give Rep Steve King the satisfaction...we're going to MA or CT instead!

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

    Idaho, once known for its big potato iwill soon be renamed Sodom and Gamorrah

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

    When they ban people who had been divorced to remarry, they have a right to ban gays from getting married. According to the bible those who remarry when their spouse is still alive are committing adultery and divorce is a bigger threat on marriage than gays getting married. If the bible thumpers want to keep gays from getting married than we should not allow those who have been divorced to remarrying.

    April 3, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Cary, NC


    "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."

    And the Fourteenth Amendment is there to protect minorities from tyrannical bigotries of the majority.

    April 3, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Soaponarope

    Let me warn Republicans. When you are dead and gone our grandchildren will look at you like we look at the prejudice people of the 50' who warned of black men drinking from the same water fountain as white men. Archaic.

    April 3, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Graham

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

    April 3, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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