Chuck Hurley, the president of Iowa Family Policy Center which is now under the parent organization the Family Leader outlined their priorities in the next couple of years.

First he mentioned 2012 where they hope to make an impact with a possible endorsement and will look to candidates who support social conservative issues and godly principles.

Second, they will focus on the judicial selection process for the three slots now open on the Iowa Supreme Court.  They will shine a light on the process and expect that the process is not rushed in order to allow outgoing Governor Chet Culver to make the picks.  Hurley also encouraged the remaining four justices to resign in order to save the state from another costly retention election since they would have been ousted as well if they were on the ballot.

Third with the legislature, Hurley announced they are going to pursue late term abortion legislation, and they will push a vote to re-pass Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act with language to limit the courts’ jurisdiction over the law.

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  1. DEAR SHANE:

    In the end it’s really not going to matter whether Iowa bans Gay couples from marrying and limits the jurisdiction of the courts over marriage law. Ultimately the Supreme Court is going to have to decide this issue, and I’m quite confident, conservative majority notwithstanding, that the Court will decided that there is simply no Constitutional justification for denying law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples the same legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities that Straight couples have always taken for granted.

    WHY? Well, while it’s true that the Constitution doesn’t define “marriage,” the federal government has complicated the issue by taking a vested interest in married couples for the purposes of tax law and Social Security (among the 1,138 legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities that are automatically bestowed on couples once they marry). Therefore this is not an issue that can be left up to the states to decide individually, since it wouldn’t do for a Gay couple that is legally married in Iowa, for instance, to become automatically UN-married once they decide to move somewhere else.

    Religious beliefs are irrelevant to this debate, because (1) the United States is not theocracy, and (2) churches will continue to be free to conduct or deny ceremonies to whomever they want.

    Procreation and parenting are irrelevant, since (1) couples do not have to marry to have children, and (2) the ability or even desire to have children is not a prerequisite for getting a marriage license.

    This is simply a matter of equal treatment under the law.

    The quest for marriage equality by Gay couples has absolutely nothing to do with Straight (i.e. heterosexual) couples. Nothing is changing for them. Nothing is happening to “traditional marriage.” Most people are Straight, and they will continue to date, get engaged, marry and build lives and families together as they always have. None of that will change by allowing Gay couples to do the same. This is really not any sort of a “sea change” for marriage, since the only difference between Gay and Straight couples is the gender of the two persons in the relationship.

    It’s clear that the notion of two Gay men or two Lesbians tying the knot makes you uncomfortable, but your discomfort is irrelevant.

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