DES MOINES — Three Democrats joined 59 Republicans in the Iowa House Tuesday to pass a resolution on gay marriage, several media outlets reported.
The proposed constitutional amendment would ban same-sex marriages, as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships. Representative Dwayne Alons, a Republican from Hull, said Iowa should join the states that have passed similar restrictions.
Rep. Greg Forristall, a Republican from Macedonia, said since the legislature and the Supreme Court disagree on the proper definition of marriage, Iowa voters should decide the matter. The resolution would have to be approved by the current Legislature and the one to be elected next year to get onto the ballot.
It’s aimed at overturning a 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage. Three of the justices involved in that decision were voted out of office during the November election. With Republicans controlling the House 60-40, the outcome of Tuesday’s vote was never in doubt. The resolution passed 62-37. Three Democrats joined 59 Republicans in backing the measure, and all 37 votes against were Democrats.