Iowa GOP Lawmakers Say Focus Not On Gay Marriage


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Since Iowa's legislative session started a month ago, Republican lawmakers have filed bills on school funding, taxes and abortion, but so far haven't taken up gay marriage legislation.

Republicans have failed in recent years to begin the process of overturning the 2009 state Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. Their efforts have been stopped by Senate Democrats, and with Democrats retaining control of that chamber, some question the value of introducing another gay marriage bill.

Republican Sen. Dennis Guth says he planned to introduce legislation seeking an end to gay marriage, but he acknowledged it likely wouldn't advance.

Asked if Republicans would file a bill seeking a constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage, House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer noted, "It may or may not be."

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