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Mike Gronstal, The One Man In Iowa That Can Keep The State’s Gay Marriage Law From Disappearing

Iowa’s State Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat, says he’ll block any Republican attempt in the State House or governor’s mansion to give voters a chance to reverse the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. Which actually might be feasible, even if the Senate becomes home to 25 Dems facing off against 25 Republicans, because of majority leader’s rule! Nothing gets past the Senate without Gronstal’s say-so — and he’s been saying so for months and months.

(Meanwhile, over in the big Senate — the one in D.C. — Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s going to do something for the gays, too: Try to push through a DADT repeal in the chamber’s lame duck session, which kicks off Nov. 15. And Republicans, naturally, have threatened to block it.)