After One Year, Freedom to Marry Advocates in Iowa fight on
Mar 31, 2010 at 01:27 pm
As reported by B.A. Morelli in the Iowa City Press-Citizen:
"Marriage equality advocates have reached their goal, but one year after an Iowa Supreme Court decision legalized the freedom to marry in Iowa, they must continue to tell their stories.
"Opposition to the freedom to marry is key to the platforms of several political candidates seeking election.
"'We take our freedoms very seriously. We are committed to going across the state and providing information,' said Carolyn Jenison, executive director of One Iowa, a gay rights advocacy organization. '(But) there are people dedicated to removing those rights, and we need to balance our voices with theirs.'
"Jenison was part of a news conference in Iowa City with speakers on hand to celebrate the April 3, 2009, anniversary of the Varnum v. Brien decision in which the Iowa Supreme Court decided banning marriage equality was unconstitutional.
"Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig, a lesbian who participated in the news conference, said allowing the general public to decide the rights of the minority could be disastrous. Gay couples must continue to tell their stories of how marriage has changed their lives and strengthened their families, she said.
"'We are the minority,' Rettig said. 'If you don't tell your story, it's possible for the majority to oppress you.'"
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