April 3, 2009, marks the anniversary of a great day in Iowa’s history, the day the Iowa Supreme Court recognized the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry people of the same gender. On this day, the government took a step towards individual freedom, and a step back from big government intrusion.
I was a proud Iowan that day, and I am still proud of my state that continues to recognize that two loving and committed people who want to create a family should be free to do so without our government limiting them.
The most recent poll now shows that a majority of Iowans disapprove of a constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for gay and lesbian couples in our state. This is in keeping with the cultural values for which Iowans are known. We are welcoming and inclusive.