Des Moines, Iowa — Same-sex couples have been able to legally marry in Iowa for the past six years and on Friday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states.
Bob Vander Plaats is president of The Family Leader, a Christian conservative group and he calls Friday’s ruling a “defining moment” for the country.
(as said) “This is going to get every common sense red, white and blue American out of the woodwork to take an active role in their government and to really hold in check a government that’s gone completely out of control,” Vander Plaats said.
Vander Plaats and The Family Leader helped defeat three IOWA Supreme Court Justices who were up for a retention vote in 2010, the year after the justices had joined the 2009 ruling which paved the way for same-sex marriage in Iowa. Same-sex marriage will now be a “huge issue” in the Iowa Caucuses according to Vander Plaats.
(as said) “It’s going to be a defining moment in our country,” Vander Plaats says. “And it’ll be a defining moment in the 2016 election.”
Nine Republican presidential candidates will attend the “Family Leadership Summit” that Vander Plaats’ group is hosting in Ames next month.
Radio Iowa assisted with this story.