Gronstal on Same-Sex Marriage

Back on January 7th, Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat, met with the editorial board of The Des Moines Register to discuss his views on a proposed constitutional amendment meant to ban same-sex marriages. I like this guy. Here’s a sample of what he had to say:

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to put your rights to a vote of the popular will of the people. I believe that’s what the constitution is there for, to protect everybody’s rights and to avoid the tyranny of the majority.”

His point is well taken. I’ve long been of the mind that it doesn’t matter if I (or anyone else) happen to like or dislike something … or agree or disagree with it. It matters that other people may simply have the right to enjoy that particular freedom and it’s not for me to say they can’t have that particular right. I enjoyed a rant and rave session on my other blog, Attorney O’s Midnight Musings, back in October on such a topic.

Here’s another reason I like Gronstal:

“I’m not going to put to a vote of the people anybody’s constitutional rights. Because if I can do that to gay people, I can do it to Catholics, I can do it to Methodists, I can do it to Baptists, I can do it to blacks, I can do it to Hispanics. If I can put to a vote of the people, people’s constitutional rights, then you may be popular today – old white guys like us might be popular today and our rights will be fine – but someday the baby boom will be gone and there won’t be enough old white guys left to protect us from the tyranny of the majority.”

Check out the article and video on The Des Moine Register’s site.  It’s refreshing.

Early last year, 18 Republican senators in Iowa introduced a DOMA amendment that would limit marriage to one man and one woman.  Iowa legalized gay marriage in April, 2009.

For more on the state of gay marriage in Iowa, visit One Iowa.

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Disclaimer:  The information, comments and links posted on the blog do not constitute legal advice.   I will not respond to any specific legal questions in the comments section of this blog. Read my entire disclaimer.

copyright 2011 Irene C. Olszewski

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