Saturday, April 4, 2009

Equality NOW


Yesterday should have been a big blogging day for me - I'm off Fridays and the State Supremes made same-sex marriage legal in Iowa yesterday. And the state nutjobs were remarkably quiet. It was obviously a joyful day for those of us who have supported equality for a long time.

Like Deeth though, the real impact of it didn't hit until much later in the day. I had to do the Cannonball Run again to pick my son for his weekend, and we stopped by my folks for dinner. My parents - poster children for Eisenhower Republicanism - were just giddy over the verdict. I've been on the other side of the fence with them on so many governmental fiscal issues of late, it was weird to sit at dinner and hear then so happy for the people they knew who had been unhappy for decades, friends who finally have legal equality in their relationships.

Gosh, between endorsing a black man for president and legalizing marriage equality, what's next Iowa? Socialism?

Update: Attaturk points out that most ER's will pay attention to their pocketbooks, when couples from all over the Midwest start flocking to Iowa. Californians are also welcome.

Kay Henderson, the News Director for Radio Iowa, has the statement from the 4 Catholic bishops of Iowa:
"This decision rejects the wisdom of thousands of years of human history. It implements a novel understanding of marriage, which will grievously harm families and children.

This unwarranted social engineering attacks the good that marriage offers to society, especially the good of children, and weakens the critical relationship between marriage and parenting."

Man, that's some serious cognitive dissonance those altar boy pimps are smoking.

6 comments:

Seven of Six said...

Damn... Iowa is more Progressive than CA... who woulda' thunk it!

Judith said...

I'm shocked that Iowa made same sex marriage legal. I'm with Seven of Six. Who would have ever guessed.

idiosynchronic said...

Judge Hansen, the original justice who started this a couple years back, is a very astute cookie and his original ruling was clear, scholarly, and strong. Most people wouldn't have realized that the lever was in their hands to change the world. Of the few who do, most will shy away. But every once in a while, you get the right person, at the right time, who can literally move a mountain.

The entire state of Iowa, and our posterity, owe Hansen a large debt.

Twinky P* said...

I agree that it took a while to sink in - I thought it was a joke or something. Good for Iowa; I'm surprised there's so little uproar, though.

snark said...

...which will grievously harm families and children.

This unwarranted social engineering attacks the good that marriage offers to society, especially the good of children, and weakens the critical relationship between marriage and parenting."

Ummm....how, exactly?

Twinky P* said...

'Cos if hubby's too busy thinking 'bout teh buttsecks, he won't be able to impregnate his wife or something like that. Sheesh, isn't it obvious?