Jennifer Jacobs of The Des Moines Register wrote yesterday about the status of the Iowa Marriage Amendment in the Iowa Senate. In it we get a peek at the strange misplaced loyalty of two Iowa Senate Democrats – State Senator Tom Hancock (D-Epworth) and State Senator Jack Kibbe (D-Emmetsburg), she writes:
Some Democrats personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. But they refuse to override their majority leader, who has vowed to block a vote.
A least two Democratic senators said Tuesday that if a same-sex marriage constitutional amendment ever were to come to a vote of the full chamber, they’d likely vote "yes" – enough for a majority. They are Tom Hancock of Epworth and Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg, the Senate president.
Both back marriage between one man and one woman. They see allowing Iowans to vote on same-sex marriage as casting an individual vote of conscience. But they won’t usurp the authority of Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs.
So they support the bill, but they love their Dear Leader. This is fascinating. What are they getting in return for such love and devotion? Both are up for reelection in 2012 so we’ll see if Gronstal comes through for them.