GOP minority leader Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, invoked a call of the House, which required all representatives not excused for the day to return to the chamber. Paulsen implemented a House rule that would pull House Joint Resolution 6 from committee and place it on the debate calendar.
The attempt failed on a 45-54 vote. Paulsen told reporters he was attempting to get House members on the record on the issue.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, said there are too many pressing budget matters for lawmakers to get bogged down in a divisive social issue. Senate Republicans took to the floor to decry what they called obstruction by majority party leaders in barring debate on a resolution that seeks to bring the constitutional issue before Iowa voters. Joint resolutions must pass in the exact same form by two consecutive General Assemblies to be placed on a statewide ballot.
It failed earlier in the Senate as well: "All 18 Republicans signed on to the petition, but 26 signatures were needed to force a vote. McKinley said one of the chamber’s 32 Democrats also signed the petition — state Sen. Tom Hancock of Epworth. 'While our bi-partisan effort fell short of gaining the 26 votes needed to proceed, the voters this November will have an opportunity to decide if they are content with the continued Democrat obstruction and inaction,' McKinley said in a statement shortly after the effort failed."
Aside from the obvious, why is this great news?
That means Iowans will likely have to wait until 2014 at the earliest to vote on whether to amend the constitution and ban same-sex marriage. It takes votes by two consecutive general assemblies before proposed constitutional amendments can go before voters.
More on the failed efforts here. One Iowa has posted a page where you can thank Iowa legislators for standing up against bigotry.
New Hampshire bigots hoping to repeal the state's five-week old marriage law and replace it with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage were dealt a blow today with a legislative committee recommending that their proposal be rejected, the AP reports:
"A House committee is recommending against repealing New Hampshire’s five-week-old gay marriage law. The Judiciary Committee also voted today to recommend that the House kill a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The vote was 12-8 on both measures, largely along party lines led by Democratic opposition."
The House could act on the committee's recommendations as early as next week.
Pam's House Blend is reporting that the Londberry, New Hampshire Council has reversed itself and OK's Marriage Equality Vote. (For the full story click on the link above.)
Those are all the updates so far. The bigots have failed in DC, though more members of congress are co-sponsering a bill that would ok an anti-equaility vote, and NOM is still working on Vermont. I'll try to post most of the updates as frequent as possible.