Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Iowa Same-Sex Marriage

It is now legal for same-sex couples to be married in Iowa. Hallelujah! Iowa is now the fourth state to permit same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont are the others. I think Melissa Etheridge said it best when proposal 8 passed in California:
"When did it become okay to legislate morality? I try to envision someone reading that legislation "eliminates the right" and then clicking yes. What goes through their mind? Was it the frightening commercial where the little girl comes home and says, "Hi mom, we learned about gays in class today" and then the mother gets that awful worried look and the scary music plays? Do they not know anyone who is gay? If they do, can they look them in the face and say "I believe you do not deserve the same rights as me"? Do they think that their children will never encounter a gay person? Do they think they will never have to explain the 20% of us who are gay and living and working side by side with all the citizens of California? I got news for them, someday your child is going to come home and ask you what a gay person is. Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away." -Melissa Etheridge from her official website.
Another great quote from Wanda Sykes after prop 8 passed: "We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something we automatically should have as citizens of this country.”Sykes said Prop. 8 supporters “pissed off the wrong group of people. They have galvanized a community. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we shouldn’t have to settle for less. Instead of having gay marriage in California, no, we’re gonna have gay marriage across the country. When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York. I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay."

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