Letter to the Editor: Court decision reflects tidal shift on marriage equality

In the wake of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court effectively allowing marriage for same-sex couples in five more states, it’s disappointing to see some within the Iowa Republican Party reiterate its outdated and discriminatory stance on so-called “one man, one woman marriage.”

It’s equally disturbing to see Iowa Republican Party co-chair Cody Hoefert refer to the high court’s decision as “an egregious act of judicial activism.”

This kind of divisive rhetoric is insulting. It does nothing to move the conversation forward to see some within the Iowa Republican Party so vocally opposed to the changing reality of marriage equality in our great nation.

Here are the facts: According to a March 2014 Washington Post/ABC national poll, a majority of Americans support marriage equality. Also, because of last week’s decision, the door has opened for the freedom to marry in many more states under the same judicial circuits.

What’s more, making claims of “activist judges” is wrong, misleading and harmful to our valued judiciary both here in Iowa and nationally.

Iowa was the third state in the U.S. to embrace marriage equality. Since 2009, our court ruling and subsequent protection of marriage has stood as a beacon of hope for fair-minded people across the country. We are very proud of this fact.

As we celebrate this new reality for thousands of loving couples, we are reminded that in our ongoing struggle for full equality, we are winning.

–Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of One Iowa, Des Moines

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