The Adair County Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution demanding that the Iowa Legislature take action to either end same-sex marriage in Iowa, or let the public vote on the matter.
Chairman Clifford Sheriff read the resolution before the board’s vote this morning.
"Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Adair County Board of Supervisors demand that the Iowa (Legislature) resolve this issue by either passing legislation that will lead to a public vote to amend the Iowa Constitution or by passing legislation to confirm Iowa Code Section 595.2 to the Iowa Supreme Court (decision) in Varnum and Brien," Chairman Sheriff read aloud.
The section of law Sheriff referenced is the 1998 "Defense of Marriage Act" which most legal scholars argue has been voided by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision. The five-member Adair County Board of Supervisors passed their resolution, without debate.
"I’ll move we approve the resolution for review of the Defense of Marriage Act," one of the supervisors said.
Another quickly added his "second" to move the process forward.
"We have a first and a second to approve the resolution," Chairman Sheriff announced. "All in favor signify by saying, ‘Aye,’" Sheriff advised and all five replied in the affirmative.
The supervisors then continued with their board meeting.
A few Iowa city councils and county boards of supervisors have pondered similar resolutions against gay marriage. In February — two months before the Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalized gay marriage — the Sioux City City Council passed a resolution urging state legislators to set the date for a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage.
On Monday, April 27, the three-member Jefferson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking legislators to take action against gay marriage. That’s the same day the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling took effect and same-sex couples began applying for marriage licenses in Iowa.