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Gay marriage opponents see "silver lining" in U.S. Supreme Court rulings


Opponents of gay marriage say Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, which ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, has a silver lining.

Family Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats has lead the charge against gay marriage in Iowa. So, the conservative former gubernatorial candidate admits he's disappointed in Wednesday's rulings. But, he says there's hope. Bob Vander Plaats, Family Leader CEO says, "They didn't grant a civil right to same gender couples."

Vander Plaats says he takes heart in remarks made by the high court's chief justice. Bob Vander Plaats, Family Leader CEO says, "We were thrilled to see Justice Roberts say, 'we're judges, not policy makers', which even validates what we did in Iowa saying the Iowa Supreme Court overstepped their constitutional boundaries by declaring Iowa a same-sex marriage state."

Iowa Congressman Steve King agrees. Rep. Steve King, (R) Iowa says, "It's improper for a court to decide where our society is going, and mandate that through the court."

King says the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong to turn over so much authority to the states with its decision. Rep. Steve King, (R) Iowa says, "I thought the court would be, let me say, doing a better a job of defining constitutional authority. I didn't think they'd turn the concept of federalism on its head and hand the authority to define marriage-- for the purposes of federal benefits-- over to the states."

Vander Plaats says one thing is certain. Bob Vander Plaats, Family Leader CEO says, "At the end of the day, we believe that the conversation around marriage is alive and well."

Vander Plaats says he hopes to get a conservative majority elected in the Iowa Senate, which would help push through a amendment so Iowans have a chance to vote on the constitutional definition of marriage in the state.

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