What’s So Great About Iowa?

Friday, April 3, 2009


Well, for starters:

1. Corn
2. Soy Beans
3. Iowa Writer’s Workshop
4. Oh yeah, and gay marriage equality

Iowa became the first state in the Midwest to approve same-sex marriage on Friday, after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided that a 1998 law limiting marriage to a man and a woman was unconstitutional.

The decision was the culmination of a four-year legal battle that began in the lower courts. The Supreme Court said same-sex marriages could begin in Iowa in as soon as 21 days.

While I cheer my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in Iowa and send out my heartfelt congratulations on this monumental victory for equality, I am also saddened that my homestate of California — long considered a leading pioneer for social equality, managed to botch gay marriage with the Mormon funded passage of the bigoted Proposition 8.

I also wonder how long until the Mormon bigots sweep into Iowa to work their magic on the population the way they did in California and distort the meaning of granting full marriage rights to gay and lesbian Iowans they way they did in California?

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21 Responses to What’s So Great About Iowa?

  1. Harry says:

    So, let me get this straight. Iowa, tiny Midwest Iowa can pass gay marriage rights but California can’t? I am missing something here?

  2. Brigadoon says:

    This is a huge victory for gay and lesbian Iowans and I give you all a huge High Five. But, enjoy it now because like Christopher says, LGBT Iowa should be preparing now for a Midwest Waterloo as the Mormons begin arriving to help organize the haters around the idea that gay marriage really means sex education in grade school, just as they did in California.

  3. Stephan Iversonn says:

    No every stereotype is correct.

    For example, take Iowa.

    The state is full of highly educated, Berkeley-types, who embrace civil and human rights and reject religious dogma as the basis to legally discriminate. I have spent time in Des Moines and in Iowa City for business and I found the people to be terrific.

  4. Estacada says:

    That loud “splat” sound is the sound of Tony Perkins head exploding.

    Just think, today is must deal with Iowa steeping into the 21st century, and, the Hate crimes bill being reintroduced in Congress.

    I am so living this! 🙂

  5. MacDaddy says:

    5. They love President Obama.

    Seriously, the Mormons are going to come into town and spend a lot of money to try to change folks minds and laws, but even many of the farmers are very educated both formally and informally.

    They can beat back those scoundrels.

  6. retahyajyajav says:

    Three states down, forty-seven more to go.

    I applaud the unanimous Iowa state Supreme court to decide denying gay couples the right to marry is unconstitutional. This means someone is reading case law as it pertains to equal protection and minority.

    Let’s hope the CA Supreme court — currently hearing the case challenging Prop 8, and throws Prop 8 out on its unconstitutional merits.

  7. Joe in Colorado says:

    Personally, I hope the Mormons do try to undo the Iowa Supreme Court decision. This is will the doors to a legal challenge as to whether the Church of Ladder Day Saints is a religion, or, an advocacy organization. Increasingly, the Mormons appear to more an advocacy organization. This means they have to right to tax exception under IRS rules, and laws passed by the U.S. Congress.

  8. proudprogressive says:

    Clear eyed justice.

    sets state precidents too, and they are piling up.

    read my lips :

    un – con- sti -tution- al.

    and yeppers California had better no dodge this fundamental issue and lose themselves in their referendum legalities..(which on prop 8 stink to high heaven ) church meddling, out of state meddling, and so on. Abide Supremes of California , to the Constitution..and the states’s out there case precident that has gone before the Prop 8 challenge. –

    I await a victory. on Prop 8 – the pundits are wrong.
    we will win. Its only constitutional. after all.

  9. Harry says:

    Prop 8 was a Constitutional amendment? Did the California Supreme Court make a ruling today? If so, I haven’t heard anything and I’m in San Diego.

  10. Prairiedog says:

    This is the type of news I like ending a long week with! Well done, Iowa! Well done.

  11. proudprogressive says:

    no nothing on Prop 8 decision expected till June 1st Harry.

  12. Matteo says:

    Congratulations to gay and lesbian Iowa!

    Thank you, Iowa Supreme Court!

    I found this joint statement from Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy on today’s Supreme Court decision:

    “Thanks to today’s decision, Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing all of our citizens’ equal rights.

    “The court has ruled today that when two Iowans promise to share their lives together, state law will respect that commitment, regardless of whether the couple is gay or straight.

    “When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today’s events will be why it took us so long. It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency.

    “Today, the Iowa Supreme Court has reaffirmed those Iowa values by ruling that gay and lesbian Iowans have all the same rights and responsibilities of citizenship as any other Iowan.

    “Iowa has always been a leader in the area of civil rights.

    “In 1839, the Iowa Supreme Court rejected slavery in a decision that found that a slave named Ralph became free when he stepped on Iowa soil, 26 years before the end of the Civil War decided the issue.

    “In 1868, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated “separate but equal” schools had no place in Iowa, 85 years before the U.S. Supreme Court reached the same decision.

    “In 1873, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled against racial discrimination in public accommodations, 91 years before the U.S. Supreme Court reached the same decision.

    “In 1869, Iowa became the first state in the union to admit women to the practice of law.

    “In the case of recognizing loving relationships between two adults, the Iowa Supreme Court is once again taking a leadership position on civil rights.

    “Today, we congratulate the thousands of Iowans who now can express their love for each other and have it recognized by our laws.”


  13. Great link, Matteo! Thanks for posting it.

    BTW, where the hell have you been lately? You haven’t been posting as much much.

    Don’t be a stranger, OK? I miss your informative posts and links and I know my readers do too.

  14. Rachel says:

    I am so gratified to see homophobia, bigotry and religious fanaticism rebuked. Now, if only California can get back to its role as a leader on social issues and push back against the tyranny of Prop 8.

  15. VicoDANIEL says:

    A great day for Iowa but the reality is, if we’re all being honest, everyone is wondering how, if any, impact the ruling will have for California?

    The eyes of California and much of the world are focused on the California Supreme Court waiting to see if they determine whether equal protection means equal, and whether Californians in the majority will continue to share this equality in the freedom to marry.

    Fair minded people, gay, straight and bi, liberal, conservative and in-between, hope the California Supreme Court upholds the principle of equality.


  16. Shaw Kenawe says:

    My niece and her partner are keeping me informed of what’s happening in Vermont:

    April 3, 2009

    The Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill legalizing gay marriage Thursday, a divisive measure that now faces a veto from the state’s governor.

    The Democratic-controlled house voted 95-52 in favor of the bill, which had already cleared the state Senate in a 26-4 vote. The state’s Republican governor, James Douglas, says he now plans to veto it.

    Supporters of the bill would need additional votes in the house to override the veto, which requires two-thirds majorities in both chambers of the legislature. If they succeed, Vermont would become the third* state in the country, after Connecticut and Massachusetts, to allow same-sex couples to marry. California briefly recognized gay marriage until voters banned it in a referendum last year.

    *fourth as of today!

    With lawmakers in New Hampshire and Maine also considering bills that would allow gay marriage, the battle over the issue has once again migrated to New England, where it started. It could set the stage for a broader federal debate.

  17. Robbie says:

    Give the Mormons less than six weeks. Just enough time to force the issue to a vote in November.

    I hope Iowa is more successful than Cali in this fight.

  18. Jim says:

    This time, Utah needs to mind its own fucking business.

  19. feminazi says:

    Right on, Iowa! A great development in the quest for equality for LGBT couples. I understand how skeptical you are about the Mormons — I too, expect to see their hatred make an appearance in Iowa very soon. Mormons truly hate gay Americans.

  20. bradfrmphnx says:

    Iowa certainly is helping to lead the country in the emergence of equality for the LGBT community. On the anniversary of MLK’s death, it points a frustrating finger towards the plight of the minorities, who must be judged by an ignorant and unfocused majority. The Iowa Supreme Court has stripped away that ignorance and focused itself on what is right. And that is good.

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