As our governments have assumed more power over the years and the two ruling parties have become more and more polarized, I have been more of an advocate towards balancing them with my vote, i.e. if neither of the parties cater too my constitutional desires, I vote for the party that isn't in the majority. My hope is that when the parties are relatively even, they will cooperate more and create truly bipartisan legislation instead of ramming legislation down our throats. Thanks to a wildly unpopular president, Iowa has been turned into a state wholly controlled by the democratic party in both the executive, legislative and judiciary branches. We are now paying for being that one-sided.
As you have no doubt heard, Iowa became the third state in the nation to allow gay marriages thanks to a very liberal Iowa Supreme court. This in itself doesn't bother me as it affects me very little if at all. In Iowa, if you are married and earn over minimum wage, you are better off tax wise to file your taxes as married but filing as a single. For me had I filed my taxes as married filed jointly, my $200 refund would have been a IOU for the state to the tune of $800. So assuming gay people aren't stupid, probably a reasonable assumption, they are still going to be filing individual state tax returns meaning no more or less taxes are going to be collected by state coffers. So if gay people want to marry, I don't really see it affecting me.
However, what gets me is the state government's blatant disregard for being a body of the people for the people. All it really needed to do was to allow the people to vote on the issue but when the people asked yesterday for the right to just bring it up for a vote, they were told by the House Majority Leader that they were nothing but a mob and no better than those who were pro-slavery. Huh? How wanting to bring to a vote whether to allow marriage rights to a political group makes you for a racist is beyond me. It would be no difference is lefties got their act together and garnered the right to force everyone to cater to them simply because they were different. But because we in Iowa essentially have a government run by one political party, the people are denied the ability to vote on this issue. Our options are to wait for our scheduled constitutional amendment session next year or wait until the 2011 legislative session until it can be brought up according to the rules of order for dealing with such matters. In other words, gay marriage in Iowa is here to stay for awhile.
I personally feel that it is probably here for good. Numerous polls show that the younger generation is largely in favor of allowing gay marriage and so this is mostly a war of attrition at this point. Eventually those of us who think allowing a political group, i.e. gays, the right to marry, i.e. make everyone cater to their political party, is not necessarily a good thing are going to die off to the point where we will be a insignificant minority to absentmindedly be brushed off the arms of the younger generation never to be thought about again, i.e. the battle was lost years ago.
It is a terrible precedent to set and one that is sure to give lots of encouragement to other political groups striving to get their day in the sun.