Iowa Legislators Propose a Ban on Marriage

Legislators in Iowa proposed outlawing same-sex marriage in their state constitution, nearly eight years after the Supreme Court approved same-sex unions and a few months after Congress enacted legislation to that effect.

“In accordance with the laws of nature and nature’s God, the state of Iowa recognizes the definition of marriage to be the solemnized union between one human biological male and one human biological female,” says the joint resolution, introduced by eight Republican members of the state House.

The proposed legislation would be in opposition of  the Respect for Marriage Act and Obergefell v. Obergefell, a significant ruling by the Supreme Court from 2015 that legalized same-sex unions across the country. Because federal law and the federal Constitution supersede state law, it is uncertain whether such a law could be enforced.

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