Iowa House Says No to Marriage Vote

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Marriage amendment supporters made a show of force at the Iowa state house Thursday.

Their purpose was to convince lawmakers to let the people decide just how marriage should be defined in Iowa.

This demonstration came after the state supreme court voted unanimously to legalize gay marriage. Hundreds of marriage amendment supporters met on the capital steps for an early morning prayer rally.

They then packed the state house chamber, hoping for a vote to approve putting a marriage amendment on the ballot and let the people have a voice.

Some gay marriage supporters watched as well.

"I know our supporters are very respectful and are just looking to tell legislators how proud they are of Iowa and of Friday's decision," said Brad Clark.

No Vote on Amendment

Ultimately, marriage amendment supporters were not able to get a vote approving an amendment on the house floor.

"My hope throughout this whole thing is that we would be able to just get it to a vote and a decision and move forward," said Rep. Kraig Paulson R-Minority Leader.

But the Iowa Family Policy Center says they did get a vote on marriage Thursday that will put legislators on record for this fall's election.

They are counting a procedural vote used to keep the amendment vote from even getting to the floor.

Lawmakers decided Thursday to extend their spring session by a few weeks, which is giving amendment supporters hope that they still might get their vote.

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