Most Iowa Republican Voters Want Party Platform To Affirm Traditional Marriage

By James Q. Lynch, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS — More than three-fifths of likely Republican primary election voters would like to maintain the party’s plank affirming traditional marriage, according to poll results released Monday.

Nearly a quarter of the 600 Iowa Republicans polled agreed that government shouldn’t have a role in marriage — a position taken by delegates to the 1st District Republican convention. The 20-county 1st District includes Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls-Waterloo and Dubuque.

Just 10 percent favored altering the state party’s platform to reflect the legalization of same-sex marriages by the Iowa Supreme Court decision in the 2009 Varnum v. Brien, according to the Loras College Poll conducted by phone May 12-13.

“It is clear that the GOP faithful are not ready yet to support changing the state party’s defense of the traditional definition of marriage,” said Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Loras College Poll, Christopher Budzisz. “While it might not play a major role in the upcoming general election campaign, within the party there remains strong opposition to current Iowa law.”

According to the poll, 62 percent favored keeping the GOP’s defense of traditional marriage in its platform, 10 percent would accept same-sex marriage as it exist following the Varnum decision and 23 percent would remove government from the equation.

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