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Gay marriage rallies flood Iowa statehouse

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

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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