A nonprofit group called Call the Convention is working to shoot down commonly held worries about a convention.If you go to the Register article, be sure to read the sidebar items on the right, they're very informative.
"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.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Register Article on Constitutional Convention
Today's DesMoinesRegister.com had one of the better articles about the Iowa constitutional convention vote that I've read.
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