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King likely to challenge Culver if he accepts gay marriage ruling
U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, told the Omaha World-Herald he is “more likely” to run for governor in 2010 if Democratic incumbent Chet Culver doesn’t properly respond to the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
“If Gov. Culver does not step up and be very definitive on this and take action before the end of this general assembly, this will be a big issue when he runs in 2010,” King said.
When prompted by a question, King said if the issue isn’t properly handled, “it does make it more likely I will run.”
On several occasions King has said he is interested in running for governor but has made no final decision.
The four-term member of Congress said he wants the legislature to immediately change the state’s marriage laws to require Iowa residency in order to avoid same-sex couples from around the country descending on Iowa to get married. Immediately after the Court’s decision to overturn Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriage was made public, King said the state could easily become a “gay marriage Mecca,” if the change isn’t made.
In January, Culver said he would seek a quick response in the legislature if the Iowa Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a right to marry. Conservatives are calling on the governor to live up to his previous statements.
Culver responded to the Court’s decision by issuing a statement Friday saying he will “thoroughly review this decision” before “reacting to what it means for Iowa.”