The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

April 7, 2013

A peek into the Iowa state Legislature

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OTTUMWA —

Gaskill said the mistake came long before the ruling four years ago.

”I think we made a mistake many years ago in Iowa Code when we called it marriage,” Gaskill said. “Actually, the state sanctifies civil unions. It should be called ‘civil union’ for all of us. When you get married in a church, that’s a marriage. I think marriage is very sacred, but I do believe that those people who live in this community and work and pay taxes, if they’re in a committed relationship ... they should have the same type of advantages I had for 50 years in my marriage for taxation purposes or when they go to the hospital. I think this is something that’s long past, and it’s time to move on.”

Sheets said he believes marriage should only be between one man and one woman. While Chelgren did not take a specific stance on either side of the issue, he did say the Constitution places a limit on what legislative bodies can do.

”Its goal is to empower the citizenry,” Chelgren said. “It limits our ability to tell you how to live your life.”

 

 

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