Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
"I have always supported a definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
To me, this debate is about stable families, good environments for raising children, and religious belief. It is not about discriminating against anyone. No society has limited marriage to heterosexual couples because of a desire to create second-class families.
This differs from treatment of interracial marriages. Traditional marriage in many states until the 1960’s was limited racially for reasons that had nothing to do with the creation of marriage as an institution and everything to do with racial discrimination. Loving v. Virginia, which has been referenced a number of times, has nothing to do with gay marriage."
Remarks before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Grassley.Senate.gov, Nov. 10, 2011
Received the Pillar "Persons of Conscience" Award at the 2012 Whistleblower Summit: Civil and Human Rights Conference, May 2012
Named the "hardest working lawmaker" in Congress by The Hill, June 2010
Won each of his Senate re-election bids with more than 60% of the vote and carried all 99 counties in his state in 2004, 1998, and 1992
Recipient of awards from the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Radio and Television News Directors Foundation, Citizens for A Sound Economy, Emergency Committee on American Trade, National Association for the Self-Employed, AARP, The American Legion, National Research Center for Women & Families, and over 60 other organizations
Member, Farm Bureau, Butler County and State of Iowa Historical Societies, Pi Gamma Mu, Kappa Delta Pi, Masons, Eagles, Baptist Church
Former part-time university instructor
Ran for a seat in the Iowa State House of Representatives at age 23, and lost by approximately 70 votes, 1956
Has worked as a farmer, sheet metal shearer, and assembly line worker
Married Barbara Ann Speicher in Sep. 1954
Has five children
Born in New Hartford, IA on Sep. 17, 1933
"Senator Grassley holds the record for the longest streak of not missing a vote in the United States Senate... To date, he’s cast nearly 6,000 votes without a miss. The last time he missed votes was to tour flood damage with President Bill Clinton after the floods that devastated the State [IA] in 1993." "Issues and Legislation," Grassley.Senate.gov (accessed Sep. 22, 2011)