Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Rally Across State

August 2, 2010

by Rod Boshart | Sioux City Journal

Sunday’s political rhetoric over the same-sex marriage issue was as hot as the August sun as traditionalists called November’s election a “test of faith” and first-lady Mari Culver took her first public stance defending an Iowa court decision legalizing civil marriages for gays and lesbians.

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Gay Marriage Foe Challenges Iowa Campground Policy

May 7, 2010

by Julie Bolcer | The Advocate

An Iowa state senator opposed to same-sex marriage wants to challenge a change in state parks policy that would extend family camping privileges to married gay couples.

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Iowa Gov. Culver Praises Legislature for Not Taking up Gay Marriage

April 2, 2010

by Rod Boshart | Sioux City Journal

Gov. Chet Culver today praised the Democratically controlled Legislature for not starting the process to amend the state constitution to declare that civil marriage in Iowa can only legally enjoin one man and one woman.

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150 Iowa Clergy: We Support Same-Sex Marriage

February 17, 2010

by Jason Clayworth | Des Moines Register

More than 150 clergy from across Iowa have signed a letter of support for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

The letter was announced by Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund, a statewide organization that frequently advocates for civil rights. The group delivered the letter today to lawmakers during a press conference at the Capitol.

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Bid to Force Vote on Resolution about Gay Marriage Fails in Iowa

February 9, 2010

by O. Kay Henderson | Radio Iowa

Two Democrats and all 62 Republicans in the legislature failed this morning in their bid to bring up a resolution that would set up a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Iowa.

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Poll: Iowans Divided on Gay Marriage Ban

September 21, 2009

from the Associated Press

A new poll shows Iowans are divided on whether they would vote for or against a constitutional amendment to end gay marriage in Iowa.

The Iowa Poll by The Des Moines Register shows 41 percent say they would vote for a ban and 40 percent say they would vote to continue same-sex marriage. The rest either would not vote or say they are not sure.

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Watch IFPC Spokesman Offend Elderly, Infertile, and Childless Couples

September 18, 2009

from OneIowa.org

At a September 16 debate on the merits of marriage equality in Iowa, an Iowa Family Policy Center spokesman questions why elderly, infertile, or childless couples want to marry.

“One might ask, why are you getting a marriage license anyway?”

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Action Alert: Defend Marriage Equality in Iowa!

September 2, 2009

We’ve just heard from our friends from One Iowa about a tremendous victory. An anti-gay candidate in Southeast Iowa, who was backed with almost $90,000 from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), was defeated, thwarting an attempt to use equality for LGBT people as a wedge issue.

This victory is huge and is not to be underestimated. But our fight is nowhere near over. Our opponents are not giving up. Recently NOM announced they are hiring staff in Iowa and have launched their “Reclaim Iowa” project, a full-fledged attack on the basic rights of same-sex couples.

We know that our opponents are just beginning their campaign to repeal the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry. It’s up to us to ensure that they do not succeed.

Please give to One Iowa and stand on the side of justice, defending the rights of same-sex couples and our families.

In solidarity,

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Kate Kendell
Executive Director
National Center for Lesbian Rights

P.S. One Iowa is working aggressively on all fronts: Just last Monday they filed a formal complaint against the National Organization for Marriage for various election law violations in Iowa. Be sure to stay engaged because it will take everything from everyone to protect our basic rights.


Gay Rights Group Aims to Raise $10,000 for HD90 Special Election

August 31, 2009

by Jason Hancock | Iowa Independent

An Iowa-based political action committee that supports marriage rights for same-sex couples is working to raise $10,000 by midnight Friday in the hopes of countering the huge investment made by an anti-gay marriage organization in the special election in House District 90.

Fairness Fund PAC, which is associated with the state’s largest gay-rights advocacy group, One Iowa, is hoping a last-minute surge of money can help bring Democrat Curt Hanson to victory. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a New Jersey-based group that opposes same-sex marriage, spent nearly $90,000 on a television ad campaign for Republican candidate Steve Burgmeier.

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Anti-Gay Marriage Group Spends $86,080 on Ads

August 28, 2009

by Jason Clayworth | Des Moines Register

An out-of-state group working against gay marriage has spent more money on television ads for a Sept. 1 Iowa House race than either candidate has raised in cash, reports filed Thursday show.

Democratic House District 90 candidate Curt Hanson raised $42,882 to compete in the special election, while GOP candidate Stephen Burgmeier raised $63,101, the reports show.

A disclosure report filed by the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage, a group that opposes marriage for same-sex couples, has spent $86,080 on television ads in support of Burgmeier, according to a report filed Aug. 20.

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