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Iowa’s Gov. Culver Won’t Fight Same-Sex Marriage. And Everybody Hates Him For It


Despite his own person views against marriage equality, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver says he will not move to amend the state’s constitution banning same-sex marriage, which, uh, would seriously conflict with the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling last week demanding it be legal. Culver’s been curiously silent since the ruling was handed down; now, his first public reaction.

Says Culver: “I am reluctant to support amending the Iowa Constitution to add a provision that our Supreme Court has said is unlawful and discriminatory.”

Critics (most of whom are gay marriage supporters) are quick to pounce on Culver for not issuing a statement immediately after Friday’s ruling. Perhaps he needed time to gather his thoughts — and consider that his words could weigh in on the 2010 gubernatorial race. Except for being so vocal on his opposition to marriage equality, he should have at least had some prepared remarks ready for whichever way the court ruled, no?

To be sure, not all of Culver’s foes are same-sex loving crazies! Members of his own Republican party say it’s not that Culver didn’t do enough, but he went overboard in support of gay marriage. Notably, expected 2010 challengers Steve King and Bob Vander Plaats are branding Culver’s statement an admission of flip-flopping.

Heh. Straddling this line is certainly not win-win.