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Gay marriage rallies flood Iowa statehouse


People both for and against gay marriage have taken their debate to the state capitol building once again.

Leading critic Bob Vander Plaats and others held a Statehouse news conference to unveil petitions signed by about 20,000 people. They demand that lawmakers debate a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  

Vander Plaats said, "You recognize marriage and families as it was intended: 1 male, 1 female, 1 man, 1 woman -- united in marriage!"

Gay marriage backers also held their own news conference saying the effort by conservatives is largely financed by big out-of-state groups.

State Senator Matt McCoy said, "Inside, the Family Leader continues to bully our legislators, trying to pass a marriage ban. They're supported by out of state anti-equality advocates like the National Organization of Marriage."

Matt Mardis, from Lecroy Plymouth Congregational Church said, "The Family Leader doesn't speak for all people of faith. I stand here today as a Christian minister who supports marriage equality in the state of Iowa. And let me be perfectly clear, I don't support marriage equality in spite of my Christian faith, I support marriage equality BECAUSE of my Christian faith."

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