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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Alan Light.
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Alan Light.

Gay marriage ban passed by committee, public hearing next week

By Jason Hancock | 01.25.11 | 8:16 am

A constitutional ban on gay marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships and any other legal recognition of same-sex couples cleared the Iowa House Judiciary Committee Monday, setting the stage for a public hearing next week.

Twelve Republicans and one Democrat — state Rep. Kurt Swaim of Bloomfield — voted in favor of House Joint Resolution 6. Eight Democrats voted against it.

“The Iowa people, ultimately, are the arbiters of their own constitution,” Swaim said. “The issue before the Iowa people must no longer be ‘Should I get to vote?’ The issue must now be, ‘How should I vote?’”

With a 60-40 Republican majority in the Iowa House, the amendment is widely expected to pass. However, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to never allow such an amendment to come up for debate. Democrats still have a 26-24 majority in the Senate.

The amendment aims to undo the unanimous 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision that found the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the equal protection clause of the constitution.

Mark Kende, a law professor and director of Drake University’s Constitutional Law Center, told The Des Moines Register that the broad scope of the amendment could result in legal problems for the state down the road.

“Once you start taking away benefits from one group and not others based on their status, then that is something the Supreme Court is skeptical about. I think it would raise a profound federal constitutional issue,” he said.

California saw its voter approved ban on same-sex marriage struck down by a federal judge in August. The court ruled the ban violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice. The case is currently in federal appeals court, but because California’s governor and attorney general refused to appeal the decision, the original ruling could be allowed to stand.

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  • Anonymous

    This ought to create some jobs, eh?

    /eye roll

    • Randy H

      Yes really,The GOP is run by right wing Christians who are clueless when it comes to law.

      The Courts will settle this matter in time and Equal rights for all will be the rule of the country.

  • Anonymous

    I guess this show the hypocrisy of the I’m against Gay marriage but O.K with civil unions line so many espouse.

  • Randy H

    The Iowa GOP,The party of bigotry and hatred..They are the Tea baggers of Iowa..

  • Anonymous

    “Do I get to vote?” Do I get to marry!
    “How should I vote?” Who do I want to marry!

    When did anyone think they should decide which two neighbors get to marry?!

    It’s one thing to be responsible for your own choices and mistakes. Quite another to force neighbors to repeat them.

    Iowa: land of tall corn and small minds.

  • Anonymous

    This shows the extent of those who wish to deny gay men and women equality are willing to go. Not only will you not be able to get married, under no circumstance will you have any kind of legal or legitimate relationship in Iowa.

  • Anonymous

    This is not a clearance of the House on ban on Gay Marriage. It in fact is a procedural vote only so there can be a public hearing. It is unfortunate a quality media source like the Iowa Independent can’t get it right what the vote was in fact allowing. It is time all the media started reporting the factual news and not making the news.

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