Monday, December 15, 2008

Iowa latest target for homosexual marriage

The Iowa Supreme Court has heard arguments from homosexuals in a challenge to the state's marriage laws.

Douglas Lapier, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, argued against homosexual marriage." "For over 170 years in Iowa, marriage has been defined as a union between one man and one woman," he explains. "It's [a] well-settled law in the state of Iowa." Lapier notes that a member of the court asked the pro-homosexual attorney what would happen in terms of polygamy and incestuous marriage if the court ruled in favor of homosexual marriage.

"The plaintiffs simply could not satisfactorily answer that question, which means that there is a great risk that if they open up the doors to same-sex marriage in Iowa, there's no telling what they're opening up their doors to next," he contends.

The case is now in the hands of the court, which is supposed to act as a referee and apply law, according to Lapier. "The Supreme Court of Iowa has to decide whether or not they have any business in deciding the definition of marriage as a matter of public policy, or if that should be left to the legislature and the people of Iowa," he concludes.

Last August, a Polk County judge legalized homosexual marriage for four hours before issuing a stay pending a higher-court decision.

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