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As Iowa Advances Discrimination, One Man Shows Courageous Love

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Feb 02, 2011

Yesterday, the Iowa House voted 63-37 to approve House joint Resolution 6, a constitutional amendment that would ban not just marriage between same-sex couples, but all same-sex unions in the state.

Iowa is one of a handful of states that has ended marriage discrimination.  A unanimous ruling in 209 by the state’s highest court declared that denying marriage to same-sex couples is unconstitutional.  In the Nov. 2010 election, voters ousted three of the supreme court justices in a retention elections.

Iowa’s Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to block any such amendment from getting a vote in the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority.  If passed through both legislative bodies in two consecutive General Assemblies, the issue could be on the ballot as soon as 2013.

At the House hearing, 19-year-old Zack Wahls spoke with impressive conviction and poise about growing up with two moms.  Rarely does someone say it better.  This is worth watching!

For more information or to get involved, visit One Iowa.

5 Responses to “As Iowa Advances Discrimination, One Man Shows Courageous Love”

  1. Mr. Maximous says:

    WOW that was amazing. Keep it strong man.

  2. Shawna M says:

    I would have to second Mr. Maximous’ comment.

  3. Lynn Berky says:

    That was inspiring!

    I am not gay but I still feel that everyone should be able to marry whomever they choose, no matter their gender. It seems to me, just by watching this brief clip, that this young man knows himself. The self is all that matters. It is what you do as your self that makes an impression in this world, not what gender you are or your sexual orientation that should determine your worth to society. His upbringing seems to have been very positive and has created in him a sense of self worth and that all people have worth. I believe he will go on to make an positive impression in this world. God bless him.

  4. Sharon Travis says:

    I am a straight, heterosexual woman. It took years before I came to understand that, gay or straight, God loves us all. The battle for equality, once fought by the descendants of slaves is now being fought by the LGBT community and other minorities. I want to stand, as a straight person, shoulder to shoulder with anyone willing to Stand on the Side of Love. Hispanics in my home state of Arizona are battling discrimination and hatred as are those in the LGBT community. I commit to no longer standing silent when discrimination is brought and hatred expressed by others around me against any minority group. It is time to speak out and Stand Up on the Side of Love!

  5. Cheryl Millerq says:

    Impressive young man – a true orator standing in the shoes of truth.

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