Iowa becomes gay marriage battleground

Aug. 24, 2009 at 11:57 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- An activist who helped overturn California's law allowing same-sex marriage says he will urge Iowa voters to reverse that state's law allowing such marriages.

Brian Brown, the leader of the Nation Organization for Marriage's efforts in California and now the group's executive director, is seeking nationwide support to fight laws allowing gay marriage.

Iowa became a battleground after the state Supreme Court ruled April 3 that a law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman is unconstitutional, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Brown is appealing for donations to run ads for political candidates who oppose gay marriage, such as Republican Stephen Burgmeier, who is running for the state House of Representatives. Burgmeier wants the issue on the ballot.

Brown's organization is seeking to raise campaign funds for candidates with similar views around the country.

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