Iowa Legalizes Gay Marriage
California, you see this? Fucking Iowa is more progressive than we are.
Okay, that’s not entirely fair. Their state supreme court overturned a gay marriage ban, which is after all exactly what happened in Cali last May.
Still, a Prop 8 equivalent can’t pop up in Iowa until 2012 at the earliest. By that time, the gays will have been entering into committed relationships for more than three years without the state devolving into animal-raping child molesting polygamous anarchy. The arguments of the right-wing slime-peddlers won’t hold any water then, and the referendum has a good chance of being defeated. A validation by voters, in any state, that they want to allow same sex marriage will have a domino effect on the rest of the nation.
And Cali folks, that should have been us last November.
Prop 8 passed because too many of us assumed that it didn’t have a chance in the 21st century, in one of the most liberal states in the union. I hope the lesson has been learned that hate and fear still dominate regardless of the date on the calendar. We need to know better next time, and be ready to get active in the fight for equality, both here in California, and everywhere else that people are finally working to put decency over dogma.