Fighting To Keep Marriage Equality In Iowa By Michael McIntee | January 2, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Iowa Subscribe to Iowa Follow this author Click to hear how right-wingers are trying to discriminate against gays and lesbians in Iowa. Click to hear how right-wingers are trying to discriminate against gays and lesbians in Iowa.Iowa’s legislature is trying to “punish” gay and lesbian couples says One Iowa’s Executive Director Troy Price. Same sex marriage became legal in Iowa two years ago when the state’s supreme court unanimously ruled not allowing it would be discriminatory. Since then, conservative groups have put Iowa in their bullseye,says Price, trying to take away marriage equality. A million dollars of out of state money was used in recalling three of the Supreme Court justices, $200,000 of that from now presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. This past year the Republican controlled Iowa House has tried to pass several bills that would discriminate against gays and lesbians says Price. Democrats hold control of the Senate, so those bills never became law. One of the proposed laws would have allowed businesses to deny goods and services to married couples based upon religion. Another would have prevented any marriage licenses to same sex couples until there was a vote on a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. The anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment did not pass the legislature either. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.