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Poster's note: Here is a governor who is demonstrating his knowledge of the meaning of the First Amendment of the Constitution. According to Wikipedia-- ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Culver )--Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is the current Governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, having won the 2006 election. His assumption of office marks the first time that Democrats have simultaneously controlled both the executive and legislative branches of Iowa's state government since the 1965–1967 session of the Iowa General Assembly. Culver is also the first Democratic governor in Iowa since Nelson G. Kraschel in 1937 to be elected to succeed another Democrat. He was elected as the Federal Liaison for the Democratic Governors Association for 2008-2009. His father, John Culver is a former U.S. Senator from Iowa.
Governor Culver Issues Statement on Supreme Court's Decision
DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver today issued the following statement after reviewing the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision in Varnum v. Brien:
“I have carefully reviewed the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous decision on civil marriage and discussed it with the Attorney General.“Let me begin by saying that I recognize that the issue of same-gender civil marriage is one that evokes strongly held beliefs and strong emotions both for and against.
These beliefs and feelings need to be respected. I hope that the views of those on all sides will be treated respectfully and will not be subjected to name-calling or fear-mongering, but instead will lead to rational discussion.“