Post # 1
What I’m reading on the news is that the Republican candidate for governor won, the Republicans won control of the Iowa House, and it is still too close to call for the Iowa Senate. I am seriously hoping this does not result in a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Iowa.
Post # 3
And that is in addition to three of the seven Iowa Supreme Court justices who handed down the same-sex marriage decision getting turned out of office.
Post # 4
@2dBride: Sad face.
I’m Canadian/European and I just keep telling myself that the States will catch up to it’s first world counterparts in terms of social justice sometime… It’s bound to happen, right?
Post # 5
I’d feel more hopeful about that if the country hadn’t just had a sudden swerve to Republicanism based on antipathy to the imposition of even the weakest possible plan for getting people health insurance.
Post # 6
Oh no! I hope that doesn’t end up happening!
Post # 7
I am completely with you in the disappointment level with Iowa. There are a couple of bright spots in the craptasticness of the results yesterday…if anything changes with the legal status of same sex marriage in Iowa they will be in the exact same position California is in with Prop 8 which means nationwide there are couples who will be impacted by the legal status of their legal marriage. Actually they will have created a whole new level of discrimination because they legally marry people who reside outside of Iowa (unlike California).
This means that the US Supreme Court has no choice but to rule either on Prop 8 or another similar case that comes down the pipeline. While it is a bit of a crap shoot with the US Supreme Court they also could create opportunity where no opportunity exists today, which is my hope.
I can only dream that our wedding ceremony will actually being legal, we reside in a state that doesn’t currently recognize same sex marriage and we will be getting married in a state that doesn’t currently recognize same sex marriage…
There is a small glimmer of hope… and California pulled through with the governorship, and by the end of the month we might even know if we get an Attorney General that believes in equality or not…
Post # 8
I have worked in politics in Iowa many times. The new/old governor is a progressive conservative who pulled the party line for the election. I honestly can’t see him over turning the law, but I can see him turning it over to a “vote of the people” for a ballot vote. Knowing the split in the state, it is a coin toss what they would do.
Be comforted knowing that attitudes are changing. My mother who is an A typical christian colalition conservative (as am I, kind of) thinks the law should stand as it is (as do I). I have to say when she told me that you could have knocked me over with a feather, but I was thrilled.
Post # 9
@tksjewelry: I really hope you are right!
We are fortunate that we were married in a state (Massachusetts) in which same-sex marriage is firmly entrenched. The Attorney General for our home state (Maryland) opined back in February that although a same-sex marriage cannot be performed in Maryland, same-sex marriages performed elsewhere will be recognized here. And while there was some grumbling about that in the beginning, the Attorney General was unopposed in his run for another term.
However, it is still frustrating to have no federal marriage rights at all. (NotFroofy is from Wales, and it took her nine years to get a green card–as opposed to the immediate green card she would have gotten as a spouse.) And it is truly depressing to see the number of states that have taken active measures to prohibit same-sex marriage and to avoid recognizing such marriages from other states.
Post # 10
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that’s not what happens!