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And later in the ruling, they said: “Equal protection under the Iowa Constitution is essentially a direction that all persons similarly situated should be treated alike. Since territorial times, Iowa has given meaning to this constitutional provision, striking blows to slavery and segregation, and recognizing women’s rights. The court found the issue of same-sex marriage comes to it with the same importance as the landmark cases of the past.”

They being the Iowa Supreme Court, which just ruled that Iowa's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Darn straight.

Opponents of same-sex marriage criticized the ruling.

“The decision made by the Iowa Supreme Court today to allow gay marriage in Iowa is disappointing on many levels," State Senator Paul McKinley, the Republican leader, said in a statement on The Des Moines Register’s Web site. "I believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman and I am confident the majority of Iowans want traditional marriage to be legally recognized in this state."

Emphasis my own. Having a belief can be wonderful, but it can also be limiting and cruel. Marriage is a personal and spiritual decision made between two people. It should not be a decision made by the state of Iowa or its voters. The majority has gotten it wrong many times.

Those who oppose gay marriage seem to act on petty, faulty beliefs that engender fear, promote exclusion, and do nothing to further religious or spiritual compassion. 

Beside that, I have always found the reaction to legislation by gay marriage opponents to be both interesting and a bit schizophrenic. Try to create a law that is all-inclusive, that says marriage is a personal choice best left up to the folks doing the marrying and not the state and BAM!! hell breaks loose, and the gay marriage opponents are all up in a tizzy about "the nanny state". But try to amend a state's fucking constitution to promote an agenda based on exclusion and discrimination, well then Big Brother is now the best friend of homophobic america. 

Anyway, good ruling.

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xsaltyx
Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Good news. I can honestly say that I've never heard a well-thought or halfway decent reason for banning gay marriage. Fortunately, we do not live in a religious state.
yesididit
Apr. 3rd, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
it is my firm opinion that anyone who opposes gay rights does so because they are afraid they themselves are gay. you know, "thou doth protest too much."
zita_skyandano
Apr. 4th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Go Iowa! I hope many more will follow. It seems every time we take a step forward for gay rights, we take two steps backwards. I firmly hope that the next few years will see at least some legal acceptance of gay rights, if not social acceptance. It seems to me that a discussion about human rights has been reduced to a petty squabble over the definition of a word.

Marriage is not about a man and a woman. Marriage is about love. Marriage is about pledging your heart and soul to someone. Marriage is about agreeing to spend the rest of your lives together, facing whatever comes your way as one. Love is love. Loving someone of the same sex is no different than loving someone of the opposite sex. As with so many other things in life, we often don't get to choose who we fall in love with - you love who you love.

It is my hope that the people who can't already see that, will be able to see that some day. And at least if these people can't accept same sex relationships or marriage, I wish they would stop trying to force their homophobic ways on the rest of us (like so many other things -.-). The general rule should be - if it's not hurting you, leave it alone. And I don't see how gay marriage is hurting anyone!

(sorry that was long XD)
~Striker
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