Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Rants to No Avail

The perfectly named Christopher Rants, Iowa's GOP House Minority Leader, this morning failed in his push to debate an amendment to the Iowa Constitution banning gay marriage.

The drumbeat raving by conservatives over how Democrats try to interfere in personal lives is hard to square with the GOP's anti-gay, anti-choice, and interference in family end-of-life decisions agenda.

It leaves one wondering.... just what interference are they talking about? It's their social agenda that would dictate from the cradle, to the altar, the bedroom and the grave. And, to fiddle with Iowa's Constitution to force their views upon Iowans.

Democratic majority leaders have resisted debate on the gay marriage resolution as the issue is currently before the Iowa Supreme Court and a such a debate would subvert the process.

Besides, "It was primarily done to generate press...." noted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Des Moines Democrat.

A good compromise might be to allow civil unions for gay couples. If they want to term it a "marriage" what's the harm? But, until common sense and tolerance prevail.... score one for live and let live.

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