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March 27, 2006

House Joint Resolution 1: Marriage Amendment Bill

Sponsors:
DeBoef, Mertz, Alons, Boal, Carroll, and Dix

Summary:
House Joint Resolution 1 would propose an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa to define marriage as between one man and one woman and prohibit same-sex unions similar to marriage.

Status:

2/16/2006House: Introduced, referred to Judiciary
3/1/2006House: Assigned to Subcommittee
3/7/2006House: Committee recommends passage
3/15/2006Senate: Referred to State Government
3/21/2005Senate: Subcommittee Hatch, Miller, Brunkhorst, Kibbie
3/25/2006House: Passed House 54-44
3/27/2006Senate: The bill did not get out of committee by the deadline and is dead.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.

Action Requested:
None Requested at this time.

Background:
The marriage amendment states:

    "Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in the State of Iowa. The State of Iowa and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals."

Your right to homeschool rests on another freedom: the freedom to direct the education and upbringing of your children. Your parental rights, in turn are supported by the sanctity of marriage. Anything that undermines marriage may ultimately undermine parental rights.

Amending the Iowa Constitution will protect the concept of marriage from activist state judges. Without this amendment, an activist judge out of step with the citizens will one day redefine marriage for us.

 Other Resources

Mar.-23-2006—Iowa—Calls Needed to Support Marriage Protection Amendment

Bill Text and History