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Some push for same-sex marriage vote

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Many same-sex couples are already starting the marriage process, but those opposed to same-sex marriage want Iowans to decide on this issue, not judges.

Matt Reisetter works for the Iowa Family Policy Center, one of the sponsors of letusvote.org.

The website asks people to contact their legislators in hopes of eventually putting the same sex marriage issue on the ballot.

"Seven judges who've been appointed, not elected made this decision and something as central to society as the definition of marriage, we believe strongly needs to be decided by more people than just these seven judges. Namely all the citizens who vote," said Reisetter.

But Reverend Maureen Doherty and her partner Joan stand by the court's decision allowing same-sex couples to marry.

"This can be a very good thing for all of us and certainly secures rights for every family in Iowa, and hopefully someday across the nation, that are critical to all of our well being," said Reverend Doherty.

Doherty believes the judiciary was acting within its right.

"It's not a quick decision. It's very thought out. Their job is to look at whether laws we have in our state are constitutional and that's what they did," she said.

Doherty said if the legislature chooses to take up the issue and if it eventually goes to a vote of the people, she'll accept that too because it's all part of the process.

Reisetter said our elected officials must address the issue now.

"It's not so much up to the legislature to say what they are or aren't going to address. I think it's up to the people of Iowa, and that's why we're asking Iowans to call legislators and say guys please don't leave Des Moines, please don't close this session until you've dealt with this very important issue," said Reisetter.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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