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Another Iowa county has publicly criticized Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks for their support of the (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act.

The Des Moines County Republican Central Committee voted to pass two resolutions condemning each representative on Thursday night.

The resolution condemning Miller-Meeks notes the Des Moines County Republicans “generously waited” until after the midterm elections to confront her, though she voted for the bill in July. It also requests Miller-Meeks vote only in favor of legislation that agrees with the Iowa Republican Party platform.

“A failure to adhere to the planks of the Iowa Republican Party Platform will require the Des Moines County Republican Party to recruit a primary challenger to run against Rep. Miller-Meeks in the 2024 House of Representatives election,” it said.

That same language is used in the resolution condemning Ernst for the 2026 Senate election.

Both resolutions state:

“Whereas the Pelosi-Schumer ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ poses an existential threat to religious liberty and tax-exempt status of organizations.

“Whereas homosexuality clearly violates the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, the source of our rights.

“Whereas marriage is the sacred lifelong union between a man and a woman.

“Whereas the family is the single most important institution in society and the smallest unit of government besides the individual.

“Whereas the Republican Party of Iowa affirms these principles in the 2022 Platform, Liberty Section, Number 13.”

It then goes on to point out that Ernst and Miller-Meeks voted for this, violating “every one of these principles and is unconstitutional.”


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