IOWA: Anti-Gay GOP Senate Majority Leader Resigns In Wake Of Clip Showing Him Kissing Lobbyist [VIDEO]

The Iowa Gazette reports:

Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, an 18-year veteran of the Iowa Legislature, abruptly resigned his leadership and District 25 position Monday in the wake of a video posted online that appeared to show the Shell Rock Republican kissing a female lobbyist at a Des Moines bar.

In a short statement, Dix announced his resignation as majority leader and state senator, effective at 2 p.m. Monday. He sent a resignation letter to Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, and House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, in accordance with Iowa Code requirement.

Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, declined to comment after a closed-door caucus of the 29-member Senate GOP majority. But his office issued a statement confirming Dix’s departure. “I believe he made the right decision for himself and for his district, but most importantly, I believe he made the decision in the best interest of his family,” Whitver said in his statement.

Raw Story reports:

The 18-year legislative veteran is married with three children, according to his statehouse biography. Dix co-sponsored a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman.

“I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard (sic) this amendment through the Iowa House,” Dix boasted in 2006, when he ran unsuccessfully for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District seat.

“Liberal activist judges are threatening our family values and you can count on me to be a leader in Congress who will stand up to them and work to pass this amendment to the United States Constitution.”