Iowa Holds Public Debate on Gay Marriage

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The Iowa House Judiciary Committee gave the state's citizens an opportunity to air their views on issue of same-sex marriage Monday night.

Hundreds attended a public hearing at the Iowa State Capitol to discuss a proposed amendment allowing voters to reverse a state Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage last year. 

"This is the first time in Iowa history we are voting to write discriminatory language into our Constitution," said Zach Wahls, a resident who opposes the proposed measure.

But another resident, Jen Green, suggested Iowa's high court overstepped its boundaries when it ruled to legalize gay marriage.

"Appointed justices who have never faced the vetting of an election changed the definition of marriage from what our Creator made to what they wanted," Green charged.

Before Iowans can vote on the proposed amendment, lawmakers must pass a bill two years in a row in order to put the issue on the ballot.
Observers believe the Republican-controlled Iowa House of Representatives will pass the marriage amendment bill. However, the measure's future in the Democrat-controlled Senate remains questionable.

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