Now that we have won in the Iowa Supreme Court, we need to defend the decision and prevent the Constitution from being amended.
The Democratic leadership in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate have pledged to block any Amendment and their full statement is behind the cut.
For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008
Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing civil rights
This is a 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."
I know there will be readers who think party doesn't matter. That's crap.
If the Republicans are able to re-take either chamber, or heaven forbid, both chambers we will have to deal with an Amendment in Iowa. There is a massive difference in party in Iowa, and we need to do everything we can to maintain this victory.
Iowa House Democratic Caucus Fund- Iowa House Truman Fund
Iowa Senate Democratic Caucus Fund- Iowa Senate Majority Fund
We do not have the luxury in this case of debating how perfect the Iowa Democratic Party has been in the past. This is not the time to debate the merits of a two-party system.
This decision is strong, it's clear and it refutes every single argument that the wingnuts have ever put forward. We must defend it.