Iowa's major paper (the Des Moines Register) is reporting that a group of pastors from various conservative congregations around Des Moines and central Iowa are pushing for an amendment to the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. They are planning to hold a demonstration in support of this effort in late October. You can read the story here. The main spokesman is a pastor from one of the shiny "mega churches" with thousands of members and a highly politicized message.
Iowa is a swing state so look for the Republicans to make this a HUGE deal in 2008. The Democrats will want it to just go away. One sneaky thing the Democrats (who control both branches of the state government) could do, is put something about this on the ballot around primary time. It is not commonly talked about but Iowa does have a primary in addition to its caucus. The primary (to be held on June 3rd, 2008) is mainly for state level candidates. If the Democrats were clever, they could let the Republicans have their little gay bashing ballot initiative but put it on the ballot in June instead of November. If it lost in June, the Bigots For Jesus movement would only have a couple of months to get their act together in time to meeting the filing deadlines for the November election (I believe - I haven't done anything more than a cursory look at the Secretary of State's election schedule). And of course if it lost, the momentum would be against the Bigots for Jesus crowd.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 7:53 AM