Freedom to Marry Applauds Victory in Iowa Special Election


Press Contact:
Angela Dallara
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry

Des Moines, Iowa – Today, Democrat Liz Mathis defeated Republican Cindy Golding in a key political election to represent Iowa’s 18th District, ensuring continued Democratic control of the state Senate.  This victory enables Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal to continue in his leadership position, heading off efforts to move a discriminatory anti-marriage constitutional amendment to the ballot.

Freedom to Marry’s founder and President, Evan Wolfson, issued the following statement:

“Today’s election of Liz Mathis is a tremendous victory for the state of Iowa.  The voters rebuffed the anti-gay attacks that sought to make undoing the freedom to marry a critical factor in the race, and instead elected a candidate who supports the freedom to marry for all Iowa families.  One Iowa worked hard to make sure that marriage remains secure in Iowa and to elect a legislator who will focus on the real challenges confronting the state.  Freedom to Marry looks forward to working with One Iowa to continue telling the stories of families strengthened by marriage in Iowa, and growing support for fairness and respect for all."


Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.