rinalia (rinalia) wrote,

Iowa Supreme Court rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional

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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