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The Heartland “Hearts” Gays April 3, 2009

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Culture, Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.
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The Iowa State Supreme Court ruled today, by unanimous vote, that laws prohibiting gay marriage violate the equal protection and due process clauses of their state’s constitution.

Importantly, unlike in California, Iowans opposed to gay marriage will not be able to change the constitution through a ballot measure. Via Ed Kilgore:

“But Iowa’s unusual system requires that constitutional amendments have to be approved by two different legislatures (which meet for two years) before going to voters for approval. The 2009 session is nearly over, and no one believes a constitutional gay marriage ban can be acted upon until 2010. So that means 2012 is the earliest point at which Iowa voters could be considering a ban. And if nothing happens in next year’s state legislative session, a vote to overturn today’s decision couldn’t happen until 2014.”

This is especially noteworthy because its Iowa! Gay marriage can no longer be dismissed as the peculiar obsession of bi-coastal elites in Massachusetts and California. Even red America seems to be jumping on the “change” train.

I am not holding my breath, but maybe in the not too distant future we can put to rest the “red state” “blue state” opposition. I was reading recently (I am not sure where) that the average age of Fox News viewers is 65.

One thing we can count on is generational change.



1. Paul Moloney - April 3, 2009

Even if I were anti-gay, which I am not, you would never know it by George. George is the gay fellow at work. It seems that there is never a working day that goes by without George telling me in a melodic voice, “Paul, you are my friend, my only friend!”

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