Thursday, May 20, 2010

Where exactly is the problem?

Steve King, Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa, released a statement about same-sex marriages in Iowa:
Just over one year ago, when the Iowa Supreme Court decided to ignore Iowa law and grant same sex couples the ability to get married in our state, I predicted that the decision, absent action by the state legislature to enact a marriage license residency requirement, would turn Iowa into the gay marriage Mecca.” King said. “Now, the Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting that of the more than 2,000 same-sex couples who were married in Iowa between April 27, 2009, and March 31, 2010, sixty percent were from out of state.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen another legislative session pass without action on either a constitutional amendment to overturn the court’s decision, or a marriage license residency requirement to keep the harmful effects of the court’s decision from being imported by ‘altar shoppers’ into other states.

This new report from the Department of Public Health reemphasizes the short-sightedness of the court’s decision to enact a same-sex marriage law from the bench, and it provides even more evidence of the need for a residency requirement and a constitutional amendment to repeal it.

As the post's title suggest, I don't understand what the problem is here.  People are coming to Iowa from out of state.  That's tourism, and most states appreciate out-of-staters coming in and spending money in your state.  What are these 'harmful effects' you speak of, Rep. King?  Am I missing something here?

If you don't think gay marriage should happen, then say so.  If that's the case, you should want all gay marriages to be banned, not just ones coming from out of state.  This seems like a desperate ploy of a conservative who knows he's lost the battle on gay marriage, but still wants to stifle as many as he possibly can, regardless of the rationale behind his attacks.  
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