According to the Chicago Tribune, the Democratically controlled Iowa legislature will not put Iowa's April 3, 2009 Supreme Court decision legalizing same gender marriage up for a debate.
Iowa's founders brilliantly made it difficult to change the state constitution. Two consecutive general assemblies must approve an amendment before it can be put to a public vote in the third year.
Consequently knee jerk reactions like we have seen in other states are impossible in Iowa. The soonest an amendment could reach voters is 2014.
Anti equality forces were hopeful a rally at the state house during Governor Culver's condition of the state speech would change the minds of the legislators, but Iowa is facing a huge budget deficit, and much of the state is still trying to recover from a flood that destroyed most of eastern Iowa's major city centers in 2008.
Democrats remain committed to dealing with these very important issues, while letting the Supreme Court decision stand.
The most recent poll in Iowa shows an even split among voters about how they would vote on a constitutional amendment while 92% said, "gay marriage has brought no real change to their lives."
If national trends remain consistent, the more time that goes by, the more likely voters are going to switch to the pro-equality side, securing Iowa's status as a marriage equality state for years to come.
This has not stopped anti-equality foes like Iowa's notoriously hateful hog farmer Chuck Hurley from trying to put an end to marriage equality. He is planning a protest on January 12.
Hurley also lashed out at Governor Culver for issuing a proclamation in 2009 recognizing November 20th's Transgender Day of Remembrance. Hurley said, "As if the governor's unwillingness to exercise the influence of his office in the defense of marriage wasn't enough, we now know that he is spending his time creating special days celebrating sexual disorientation."
A representative for the Governor said, "the governor felt issuing the proclamation was an appropriate way to honor transgender people who have died."
Iowan's may be safe from a vote on their rights until at least 2014, but that has not stopped them from preparing now for that possibility. As I mentioned in my post "Iowa and New Hampshire's equality and the Presidential elections", Iowans don't wait to campaign, they campaign constantly.
Iowa's equality organization is living up to that reputation, One Iowa is launching a new bi-partisan campaign in support of Iowa's equality called the "Equality: Red Blue Purple", on January 10, at 2:00 PM at the Des Moines Social Club, 1408 Locus Street.
From the event page:
Equality: Red Blue Purple will highlight broad based opposition to an amendment that would take away civil marriage protections from Iowans and will feature a coalition of organizations and individuals working to stop an amendment.
Considering they have at least 4 years to stop an amendment, I believe One Iowa and their bipartisan coalition partners can do it.