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  Culver ‘reluctant’ to amend constitution
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News DateWednesday, April 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIowa Gov. Chet Culver issued a lengthy statement today that affirmed his personal belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman but signaled a lack of appetite to change the state’s constitution.

“As I have stated before, I personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Culver said in the statement. “This is a tenet of my personal faith. The Iowa Supreme Court’s decision has, in fact, reaffirmed that churches across Iowa will continue to have the right to recognize the sanctity of religious marriage in accordance with their own tranditions and church doctrines.”

Adding that the decision does not require churches recognize or officiate over same-sex marriages, Culver said that he, as governor, must respect the authority of the Iowa Supreme Court and uphold the Iowa Constitution.

“After careful consideration and a thorough reading of the court’s decision, I am reluctant to support amending the Iowa Constitution to add a provision that our Supreme Court has said is unlawful and discriminatory,” he said.

In closing, Culver pointed to the current economic recession, lack of jobs and disaster recovery.

“That is where, I believe, my focus and energies should lie,” he said.
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