Message From One Iowa Board Chair Sharon Malheiro

SharonMalheiro_O1O2100crop_70DD3D3AE3F55April, 2009

Where were you when you heard the news that gay and lesbians couples could get married in Iowa? I was at work, and as soon as I read the word “affirmed” on the Supreme Court opinion, I called my partner Sue Ackerman and asked her to marry me. She accepted, and I couldn’t have been happier! We’ve been together for 20 years, sharing our lives and taking care of each other and our family.

How did we know we wanted to get married? Over the past 20 years, we’ve talked about it. We’ve thought about it. It’s a way to show our love, commitment, and honor to the world. It’s a visible testament to how much we love each other, and how devoted we are to each other.

We aren’t getting married just because it’s now an option; we’re getting married because it’s the right choice for us. My fiancée – I’m so proud to call her my fiancée now, and I no longer have to explain that she is not my business partner but the love of my life – and I am ready for the responsibilities of marriage. I urge same-sex couples to take marriage seriously. With this new right, we also have a tremendous amount of responsibility. Sue and I realize how significant this is, and hope you do too.

Marriage is important to us – and it’s important to all Iowans. Sue and I are so proud to live in a state where all loving couples are able to honor their commitments through marriage. Let’s celebrate marriage equality in Iowa, and honor all couples who are ready to make the lifetime commitment to marriage.

As Board Chair of One Iowa, I know firsthand just how important the work of One Iowa is. One Iowa continues to work to protect marriage equality for all couples, for me and my fiancée, and for same-sex couples across the state. Please visit today to learn more and donate to support this vital work. Everyone remembers their wedding day as a special moment, and we want to help make sure that marriage equality is secure for all Iowan’s special moments.

Sharon Malheiro, Board Chair, One Iowa