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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Note that the issue at hand here was a state law ruled to violate the IA Constitution.

    Should the people of IA be of a mind to do so, they can amend the Constitution to the same effect, rendering the ruling moot.

    Many states have done this, for this same reason.
    In Texas only 13%of eligible voters showed up when gay marriage was on the ballot. Not all voted to the amend the Constitution here.

    I'd say the majority could care less if gays get married.

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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    In Texas only 13%of eligible voters showed up when gay marriage was on the ballot. Not all voted to the amend the Constitution here.

    I'd say the majority could care less if gays get married.
    The amenment passed, so I'd say the majority could care less if they do not.

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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    In Texas only 13%of eligible voters showed up when gay marriage was on the ballot. Not all voted to the amend the Constitution here.

    I'd say the majority could care less if gays get married.
    I believe the only reason gay marriage is ever put on a ballot to begin with is to draw more social conservatives to the voting booths. Usually, it seems, that the issue is put on the ballots during election season and does not stand alone in and of itself. It is often "added" to the same ballot, right along side the names of people running for public office. I always thought it to be voter manipulation at it's best. Add a social wedge issue to the ballot so more Republican social conservaatives show up to vote, giving the GOP the edge in the election.

    The same could be said for marijuana legalization. Add that issue to the ballot and all the liberals would show up in droves thus favoring the democrats.

    These issues should stand alone and NOT be included with any other issues on the ballot such a office elections.

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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I believe the only reason gay marriage is ever put on a ballot to begin with is to draw more social conservatives to the voting booths.
    Wouldn't putting gay marriage on the ballot also serve to draw more social liberals to the voting booth?

    Wouldn't more gays come out to vote? And their friends and supporters?




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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I believe the only reason gay marriage is ever put on a ballot to begin with is to draw more social conservatives to the voting booths. Usually, it seems, that the issue is put on the ballots during election season and does not stand alone in and of itself. It is often "added" to the same ballot, right along side the names of people running for public office. I always thought it to be voter manipulation at it's best. Add a social wedge issue to the ballot so more Republican social conservaatives show up to vote, giving the GOP the edge in the election.

    The same could be said for marijuana legalization. Add that issue to the ballot and all the liberals would show up in droves thus favoring the democrats.

    These issues should stand alone and NOT be included with any other issues on the ballot such a office elections.

    Constitutional rights should never be put to a simple majority ballot.
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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I read it and I've seen it before. It doesn't, really, address my question. The government supports marriage for a variety of reasons. Heterosexual marriage has been shown to result in those reasons being fulfilled. So does homosexual marriage. One cannot make the argument that homosexual marriage would lead to polygamy unless one can show that the things that the government deems as important, society-wise, in regards to marriage, can apply to polygamy. Can you show that polygamous marriage fulfills governmental reasons for supporting marriage? If you cannot, then this is a false conclusion.
    Except that you are making a false argument. The reason for the IASC ruling had nothing to do with the "government reasons for supporting marriage" if that were the sole basis, marriage would only be granted to couples with intent to procreate, ergo homosexuals would be ineligible based on biology.

    Of course we can go around that with adoptions and turkey baster kids, but that's not the point.

    Two men and a woman wish to be married. They point out that the two men can earn enough to raise their two children the three have, and the woman can stay home and take care of the children better then any two of them could.

    Thus the government need is met. And since the courts have determined two men may marry, for fairness, what basis have you for denying three?

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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    I, for one, am proud that the Iowa Supreme Court has legitimized same-sex marriage. Iowa is part of America's heartland, and could lay the foundation for other heartland states to eventually come around and do the right thing. Another generation or two that passes should help weed out the older generational mindset against homosexual equality.

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    In the end, there is precedent against polygamy in that we wouldn't allow Utah into the union less they got rid of it.
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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    It seems that the main argument against same-sex marriage in this thread is that it will lead to polygamy. With that reasoning, should heterosexual marriage be banned because it has lead to homosexuals wanting it also? Should heterosexual marriage be banned because it will lead to polygamists wanting it also?

    Why should the government not recognize same-sex marriage and polygamy?

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    Re: Iowa Court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    Wouldn't putting gay marriage on the ballot also serve to draw more social liberals to the voting booth?

    Wouldn't more gays come out to vote? And their friends and supporters?



    The difference is, the straight people who are adamantly against gay rights, make the effort to show up and do something about it with their vote.

    The straight people who really could care less, one way or the other, (and I think that's where the majority of society fits in) don't bother to come out and vote one way or another because it simply doesn't concern them.

    You see, gay marriage only effects you if you let it. Some people don't have anything better to do than to worry about it. Most people could care less. Which ones do you think are more likely to show up and vote one way or another?

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