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During Thursday’s regular meeting, the Mahaska County Republican Central Committee formally censured United States Sen. Joni Ernst for her votes in support of the so-called Respect for Marriage Act (HR 8404). The vote to censure Ernst was unanimous.

According to the central committee, Ernst’s vote directly opposes the Mahaska County Republicans’ policy platform item 6, family values:

In keeping with the reality that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that our nation’s foundation and subsequent blessings flow from adherence to and respect for the Judeo-Christian ethic, we affirm the following: We support an amendment to the United States Constitution stating that “Only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized in the United States, and that neither the Federal government, any state government, or the political subdivisions thereof may create or recognize a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.”

The committee also said Ernst’s vote “directly opposes” the Iowa Republican Party platform:

“We believe that traditional, two-parent (one male (XY) and one female (XX)), marriage-based families are the foundation to a stable, enduring, and healthy civilization. We encourage the repeal of any laws allowing any marriage that is not between one natural man and one natural woman.”

“There is nothing more foundational to our society than marriage as instituted by God between one man and one woman,” said a statement from the committee. “Senator Ernst directly opposes the expressed will of God and of her constituents and is hereby formally censured for her vote.”


  1. As an IOWAN I absolutely support this decision!! I don’t want to vote for her next time around!!!! She betrays the simplest of moral decisions and signs with Democrats mode of thinking! This isn’t “ working “ across party lines this is ignoring the simple basic principles laid out by our Creator. Again we get further from Christian morals and allow corruption to flourish!!! Replace her please!!!!!!

  2. To quote Hillary, “What difference at this point does it make?” Censoring is like impeaching, it has no teeth. We need to start holding their feet to the fire when they do their “99 county tour.”
    Go to the meetings with their representatives at the local libraries or whoever they set up shop and start putting pressure on them there.
    It’s time to start replacing our candidates when they pull these stunts and quit putting up with it. The problem is, no one else wants to run or feels qualified.
    The same is true down to our local offices.
    If COVID has taught us anything it’s that ALL offices matter. GET INVOLVED!
    GET VOCAL with our OWN candidates. What good are they if they aren’t listening to their constituents?


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