Iowa Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal says he'll once again use the power of his position to block any debate over gay marriage when lawmakers convene next year.
Unless the Council Bluffs Democrat changes his mind or is removed from his position, his stand will prevent a statewide vote to ban gay marriage for at least several years.
Most Republican legislators want to refer a proposed constitutional amendment to voters, but Gronstal says he thinks public sentiment on gay marriage is shifting.
Some Republicans say Gronstal's stand will hurt him in his re-election bid, but the Senate president says he's not worried.
Bob Vander Plaats, head of the conservative group the Family
Leader, says defeating Gronstal in the next election will be a top priority for his organization.