Procedural vote on same-sex marriage fails

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 28, 2011 7:10 AM

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A procedural vote relating to banning gay marriage in Iowa failed today in the state Senate.

The bill, Senate Joint Resolution 8, would have cleared the path for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The proposed legislation comes months after Iowa voters ousted three Supreme Court justices who were part of an April 2009 unanimous decision allowing same-sex marriage in Iowa.

Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Indianola, asked to suspend Senate rules and bring up the bill for a vote.

After the Senate president ruled the motion out of order, Sorenson asked for a vote appealing the decision. The vote failed, 24-26.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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