State Reps. Dolores Mertz (D-Ottosen) and Geri Huser (D-Altoona) broke from the rest of their party on an important procedural vote to block a same-sex marriage ban from being debated on the floor of the Iowa House Thursday afternoon.

The motion to suspend the rules, which was proposed by State Rep. Christopher Rants (R-Sioux City), failed when the rest of the Democratic caucus in the House voted no.

Stay tuned, because word has it that this will not be the last time a same-sex marriage ban is offered as an amendment to a House bill this session, as lawmakers try to pass a slew of complicated budgets.  A similar procedural vote will likely be required for any of those attempts.