Today’s DesMoinesRegister.com had one of the better articles about the Iowa constitutional convention vote that I’ve read.
A nonprofit group called Call the Convention is working to shoot down commonly held worries about a convention.
“Any amendment would have to pass the people of Iowa,” said Bill Gustoff, a Des Moines lawyer who is on the steering committee for Call the Convention. “Iowans need not fear the constitutional convention process unless they fear the people. I think clearly public sentiment is in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.”
Social conservatives are listening and trying to decide whether a convention would be the best option to ban gay marriage.
“If you had asked me a year ago, I would have been adamantly opposed to it,” said Steve Scheffler, the head of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, formerly called the Iowa Christian Alliance. “Now I’m considering it, but I have mixed feelings about it.”
Even if a convention is called, delegates don’t have to propose amendments. And if amendments are proposed, they would not necessarily be adopted. Each amendment proposed by the convention would go in a separate ballot question for voters’ final approval.
If you go to the Register article, be sure to read the sidebar items on the right, they’re very informative.