I’m sure you all know the amazing news: The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of Same-Sex Civil Marriage today! As someone who is originally from Ohio, I never expected a Midwest state to jump on the marriage equality bandwagon before the coastal states, but Iowa has just proven me wrong! Thanks to the amazingly hard work of groups like One Iowa and Lambda Legal, we are another great step closer to winning equality for all LGBTQ citizens!
Please take a moment today to celebrate. Share the story with friends and family. Tell your co-workers about today’s historic event. Tell a neighbor. Send an email. Change your Facebook/Twitter status. Or join one of the many celebratory rallies that are springing up around the nation: MEUSA has planned one in San Francisco, many are happening in Iowa (thanks to One Iowa), and the Civil Rights Front is holding one in Manhattan. Check The Impact to see if a local organizer has set something up for your city. Continue the conversation of equality with this amazing news!
Here’s some links to stories about it:
- Unanimous Ruling: Iowa Marriage No Longer Limited to One Man One Woman
- One Iowa Rally Locations
- One Iowa Statement
- Google News Results
Finally, on a personal note, since the launch of Join the Impact, I have had the privilege to meet some extremely amazing people who are working toward gaining full equality for all LGBTQ citizens on both the local and national level. One of those people is a man named Joe Maribella. Joe organized the Seattle Light Up the Night event, and, since I live in Seattle, I have had many great opportunities to work directly with him as he organizes for Join the Impact in Washington State. Joe is originally from Iowa and (by shear coincidence), he and his partner (also named Joe… yup, it’s confusing) of 5 1/2 years were home in Iowa visiting this week. This morning, they woke up and saw their home state embrace their commitment. They applied for a marriage license an hour ago with a formal proposal outside of City Hall!! Congratulations to Joe… and Joe :-). Also, congratulations to all of the amazing couples that will be married in Iowa! And congratulations to all of you, who are working hard for the LGBTQ community as a whole and know that a win for one state is a win for all of us!