DES MOINES, Iowa -- Majority Leader Michael Gronstal of the Iowa Senate deserves high praise for his steadfast support for equal rights of all citizens in his Midwestern state.
In his role as Majority Leader, Gronstal is refusing to allow the state Senate to bring up a bill that is designed to overturn marriage equality in Iowa. The bill, already passed by the Iowa House, would put on the ballot a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
Gronstal says his position is abundantly clear: He won't put people's constitutional rights up for a public vote.
This is the right thing to do. He is under intense pressure to relent to the forces of the right, who are determined to take away marriage equality in Iowa and other states where same-sex marriage and civil unions are legal.
During a meeting with the editorial board at the Des Moines Register, Gronstal made a rather profound statement that sums up his position:
"I'm not going to spend a lot of time worrying about it. I'm not going to put to a vote of the people anybody's constitutional rights. Because if I can do that to gay people, I can do it to Catholics, I can do it to Methodists, I can do it to Baptists, I can do it to blacks, I can do it to Hispanics. If I can put to a vote of the people, people's constitutional rights, then you may be popular today - old white guys like us might be popular today and our rights will be fine - but someday the baby boom will be gone and there won't be enough old white guys left to protect us from the tyranny of the majority."
We think Majority Leader Gronstal deserves our thanks. Here are ways to reach him:
State Senator Mike Gronstal
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-3901
To read the Des Moines Register excerpt from the editorial board meeting, click HERE.