|Former Air Force lawyer Al Ringgenberg|
(Campaign website photo)
Gronstal has been an impenetrable bulwark against attempts to introduce anti-gay marriage amendments in the Iowa Senate.
Gronstal has vowed never to allow a vote on the issue, following the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous decision to allow gay marriage in the state.
Ringgenberg wrote this on his website: "I support an amendment to the Iowa constitution that restores marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Senator Gronstal, as the majority leader, blocked consideration of a constitutional amendment referendum before Iowa voters."
The amendment Gronstal blocked would also have prohibited civil unions and domestic partnerships, facts Ringgenberg disingenuously omits.
Ringgenber is just now moving into Gronstal's district.
His website claims that voters are entitled to know his core values, the first of which is that he is a Christian, whatever that means.
"I have very little political experience beyond some passionately held beliefs as a lawyer and a conservative," Ringgenberg, told KCCI TV in Des Moines
In 2004 Ringgenberg took a job at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska in 2004 where the attorney says he was involved in "classified projects."