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Iowa GOP challenges same-sex marriage

DES MOINES (KWWL) - In the latest move against gay marriage in Iowa, 18 Iowa Senate Republicans have introduced a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment specifying marriage between one man and one woman as the only legal union that is valid or recognized in the state.  One of the sponsors, Sen. Merlin Bartz of Grafton, said Thursday's move was important in that it gives Iowa citizens a chance to get the ball rolling.  But Bartz conceded Senate Joint Resolution 2001 faces nearly insurmountable odds in being debated during the 2010 session given the steadfast opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat.  The resolution was assigned to the 11-member Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which is chaired by Gronstal and has seven majority Democratic members.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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