Paulsen Releases Statement on Gay Marriage Ruling

House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) issued a statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage:

“I believe marriage is between one man and one woman and am disappointed in the ruling of the Supreme Court. In 1998, the Legislature overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation protecting marriage as between a man and a woman. There is now a divide between the legislative and judicial branches and Iowans should be permitted to weigh in and have the final say on this question.

“In 2007, the Legislature responded immediately when our flag desecration law was ruled unconstitutional, we should act swiftly now and protect the institution of marriage. There is currently a bi-partisan proposal protecting marriage before the legislature (HJR 6) and it should be debated immediately.”

Click here to read House Joint Resolution 6.

  • Paul Rabe

    I am writing in concern about same sex marrage. This should be up to the people to vote on. To think that you let all these sinful judges pass this into law. Iowa at one time was considered a Christion State.

  • Kenneth Dreyer

    As a moderate Democrat, I fully support HJR 6. ALL the judges of the Iowa Supreme Court made an unlawful ruling and should be held accountable. If they want to make policy, they should take Government 101 all over again and then run for Legislature.

  • Harold Clark

    I disagree with your opinion on gay marriage. I don’t care what they call it but those that choose to be together should have the same rights as married couples.They should be able to insure each other with medical insurance. I believe they should be able to hold property with the right of survivership. I go to church with your Dad and he knows me. I don’t care what they call it but Gays and gay women should have the same rights, as married people. In case you think I’m gay, I’m not and was married for 51 years, until my wife passed away.