Register Article on Constitutional Convention

Today’s 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.


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