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Iowa Marriage Equality Opposition Waning As Time Goes By

Iowa families have not fallen apart, the divorce rate has not gone sky high, God has not smote the state into a festering crater of brimstone and sulphur, and there has not been much gnashing of feet. In fact, since Iowa became one of the slender few states to legalize same-sex marriage, none of the problems that the anti-LGBT groups have come to pass.

For this reason, they have begun to see a flagging of support to repeal and ban same-sex marriage in that state. Conservative Republican lawmakers might be able to take the Assembly this November, but they are also seeing support for the repeal are just falling rapidly. In fact they are no longer sure that, if they get it on the ballot, the voters will vote for it.

This is, of course, a major disappointment for the Christian Conservatives in the state which have been trying to impose their theocracy on the state for some time now. Susan Geddes, an Iowa Republican and Social Conservative organizer, stated that “People are getting comfortable with it and that’s a shame to tell you the truth.” Of course, the truth is something that the Social Conservatives have had very little in the way of association with the truth.

Julie Summa, the marketing director for The FAMiLY Leader, a group that pushes theocratic beliefs in Iowa, has stated that even Republicans are more accepting of same-sex marriage now and blamed it on the libertarian wing of the GOP.

Republicans need two more seats in the Iowa Senate in order to push through an amendment banning same-sex marriage. They would need to pass it next year, and two years after that in order for it to get on the ballot in 2016. By that point, it seems unlikely that it will ever get voted for by the public. Currently, 56% of Iowans oppose an amendment banning same-sex marriage, and that number keeps ticking upward year to year. According to Geddes, internal polls in conservative Iowa districts are now showing that same-sex marriage is vitally important to less than 10% of Republicans.

GOP Senate leaders are no longer even making it a high priority issue, and some Republicans, including former Linn County chairwoman Kathy Potts, have announced support for same-sex marriage. Potts even stated that “If it weren’t for the loud voices of a few in our party, I do believe more Republicans would stand up in support” of same-sex marriage.

As time goes by, the opposition to same-sex marriage is waning largely because nothing bad is happening coupled with greater understanding about LGBT families.



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3 Responses to Iowa Marriage Equality Opposition Waning As Time Goes By

  1. John Beene

    July 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    “gnashing of feet”? Try “gnashing of teeth”.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      July 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      I meant “gnashing of feet”. It’s a reference to several lines in the Discworld novels in which Pratchett makes the same silly comment. I usually use it when I’m being rather over the top.

  2. Jay

    July 6, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I think this is true.