Rod Roberts, the Republican former state assemblyman running for governor of Iowa, has this fun promise if he’s elected: He won’t sign off on any state budget, no matter how much he likes it, unless lawmakers also permit voters to decide whether to ban gay marriage in the state constitution.
The announcement comes on the first anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling that overturned state law. But what Roberts is demanding is actually a lengthy and complex initiative; the earliest voters would get a chance to have a say is 2014.
Meanwhile, Gov. Chet Culver, the Democrat who personally believes marriage is between one man and one woman, voiced support this week for the Supreme Court decision, and Democratic state lawmakers blocking an attempt to do exactly what Roberts wants.