Proposed Iowa Law Would Let Businesses Discriminate Against Gay Marriages (And Catholic Marriages)


The best part of Iowa’s Religious Conscience Protection Act, which will be heard today by the House’s Standing Judiciary Subcommittee, is that not only will it permit the legal discrimination by businesses and organizations based on somebody’s same-sex marriage status, it would also permit the legal discrimination based on somebody’s religious marriage status. Or inter-generational marriage status. Basically any problem you found with somebody else’s marriage — she married for the money! he married a Muslim! she got married but is too old to have kids! — would be grounds to deny them services and kick them out of your store. Huzzah! Says the bill’s Republican sponsor Rep. Richard Anderson: “I think what we’re trying to do is balance constitutional amendments. There is the 14th Amendment that we’ve heard a lot about. There’s also the First Amendment.”