Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Iowa | Impassioned testimony marks public debate over gay marriage ban – By Beth Dalbey, February 1, 2010 – Iowa Independent

DES MOINES — Dozens of speakers lined up Monday night for and against the so-called marriage amendment, including a former three-term state senator who said his previous support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was misguided. Photo 

Jeff Angelo, a Republican who left the Iowa Senate in 2009, previously was a lead sponsor of legislation similar to the resolution banning same-sex marriage. “I have changed my position,” he told a packed House chamber at the public hearing on House Joint Resolution 6, which not only would ban same-sex marriage, but also deny state recognition of civil unions and other domestic partnerships.

“The purpose of our Constitution is to protect the rights of individuals, and it does so by limiting government’s powers to control the lives and properties of our citizens,” Angelo said. “The resolution before you places pro-active legislative language in our Constitution meant to limit the ability of a select group to be civilly joined in marriage. It does not restrain government intrusion in the lives of law-abiding Iowans, and therefore violates the very purpose of the Iowa Constitution.

“Let me also say that the tenor of the debate has become such that it does not serve the people of Iowa well an is not in keeping with an Iowa culture that is known nationwide for displaying both respect and generosity of spirit,” Angelo said…
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“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

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