DES MOINES - Iowans gathered at the Iowa State Capitol today to support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. Equal rights advocates from across the state came together to share their support of marriage equality and to encourage Iowa legislators to focus on issues that move Iowa forward.
“Not even the snow could dampen the incredible energy of pro-equality advocates today,” said One Iowa Executive Director Carolyn Jenison. “I’m confident our legislators have heard our message loud and clear. We won’t go back on the freedom to marry. We’ll continue to share our stories and work to move Iowa forward.”
This afternoon, One Iowa is set to receive Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge’s One Iowa Award. The reception will take place from 4:30-6:30 at the State Historical Building. The award is meant to highlight individuals and organizations that are helping to eliminate intolerance and prejudice in our society.
“We are truly honored to be recognized with the One Iowa award,” said Jenison. “We strive to carry out a civil conversation with Iowans about the freedoms we all hold dear. We recognize this isn’t always an easy conversation, but we’re confident that our stories will inspire lasting change.“
One Iowa is the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, committed to full equality for LGBT individuals, including the freedom to marry.