Iowa Republican Wants Records of People’s Sexuality

Iowa lawmaker Dennis Guth wants to create a database of Iowans’ sexuality. Image from Facebook via MetroWeekly.

Dennis Guth, a member of Iowa’s Fourth District, is sponsoring the Senate File 2130 bill, which would require Iowans applying for a marriage license to disclose their sexuality before getting married, according to Pink News

A marriage license will not be granted to the applicants unless they fill out the section related to sexual orientation. Not only is this a huge breach of privacy, but this bill could also have very real consequences if passed. The bill would punish people for coming out after marriage and also play a role in the custody of one’s child. The bill states: “Nondisclosure or misrepresentation of sexual orientation othe application form for a marriage license and on a license to marry constitutes fraudulent concealment of sexual orientation which shall be a factor in determining the custody arrangement that is in the best interest of a minor child.” So if someone discovers their sexual orientation later in life (which can happen), they can be punished and have their children taken away from them. Additionally, their marriage can be dissolved. 

What is considered fraudulent would be up to the judge handling the divorce case, and the act would be  “evidenced by nondisclosure or misrepresentation of a party’s sexual orientation at the time of the marriage.” This bill is sitting for review by a subcommittee at the moment, but none have been scheduled. 

Personally I do not see the point for a database for people’s sexuality to exist. This bill is designed as a way to include fraudulence and trickery as valid reasons for divorce, even though having irreconcilable differences is already an option. What this seems like to me is just a way to keep tabs on people based on their sexuality. Senate File 2130 has no place in any state legislature because it only seeks to divide people by their sexuality. 

As history would dictate, keeping a list of people based on their sexuality is never a good idea.


Source: Pink News 

12 thoughts on “Iowa Republican Wants Records of People’s Sexuality”

  1. History was the reason my partner and I hesitated getting married. But now this? This administration is following all the plays that occured in Nazi Germany. This clown and his ilk have me worried.

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  2. This is habit for anyone with any kind of “it isn’t right because I can’t understand it mentality!” A common thought pattern in conservative white western patriarchies that still have that if we rule the world it will be of an ideology that I don’t need to think independently which seems to be a threat to fascism!

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  3. This is scary…..just like Nazi Germany!,! Men never learn from history..that is why it keeps repeating itself…making the same dumbass mistakes..

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  4. Yes, and I didn’t realized my SO until I realized it was my profession in 2014 or so. And how many forms would allow Engineer as an SO?

    On CBC Ideas someone in the LGBQ community said that many of its members know at age 9. I turned off the radio and asked myself “what had I done at Age 9”, and walla! That August I’d gotten up and gone to decision rock and reviewed for the last time the decision to be an engineer.

    Some years later I married a third-year Electrical Engineering Student.

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  5. Why do the Republicans keep taking ideas from Hitler’s Nazis . What next going to stitch pink triangles on sleeves of LGTBQ. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Unfortunately the Republicans haven’t learned anything beyond a 2500 yr old storybook.

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    • Yes, they HAVE learned from history. It is what they want…an auticratic capitalist oligarchy – similar to Mussalini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany. They want Caucasian masculine hetersexual dominance. That is the essence of being Republican today, and those who protest that does not describe them conveniently overlook the fact that that is what their vote supports, because the party IS Trump, Stephen MIller, and Charles Koch….and Rush LImbaugh and his ilk.

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  6. Now Iowa wants to join the circus, the whole world already thinks the US is a joke because of Trump! Who cares what or who someone does behind their closed door! This will set us back years!

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  7. WTF! Why do people think they own the world? This is exactly why I have never voted Republican in my entire life an I never will.

    I love my gay friends and family.

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