As some of you may know, I serve on the board of an organization called Room for All, which advocates for the full and equal participation of LGBT persons in my denomination, the Reformed Church in America. A couple of pieces of news came my way this morning from other members.
The first is a video you should watch. It represents some of the 18,000 couples who were married before Proposition 8 was passed - and whose marriages and families will be declared legally void if Prop 8 is upheld. I'm not a weepy type, but I bawled my eyes out at this one.
The other was this article from the Des Moines Register. It seems that, back in my old college stomping grounds, they have unaninmously ruled that limiting the definition of marriage to one male and one female is unconstitutional. I can't say that I expected Iowa to be the third state to allow same-sex marriages (hello, New York?), but I really wish I was there to celebrate with them. The ruling itself, once you wade through the legalese, is pretty powerful...but sadly, I cannot figure out how to attach it to this post. If you want a copy, drop me a comment with your email and I'll forward it to you.
Here is the joint response from Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and House Speaker Pat Murphy. Makes me proud to have once been an Iowan.