Majority of Iowans Oppose Marriage Equality Reversal
February 28, 2012 by HRC staff
The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Intern Eric Cameron:
According to a poll released yesterday by the Des Moines Register, 56 percent of Iowans oppose the state legislature taking action to reverse marriage equality. This is fantastic news and marks the first solid majority in Iowa against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Our friends at One Iowa released a statement yesterday explaining what these latest numbers mean, as well as what work still needs to be done. Read part of the statement from Interim Executive Director Calla Rongerude below:
“With these poll numbers showing that 56% of Iowans oppose the Legislature from passing a constitutional amendment, we know that we are making progress towards valuing all families in Iowa.
We are proud that, once again, Iowa values—like the golden rule and treating people the way you want to be treated—have triumphed.
We are counting on these values of fairness and equality to continue to engage with Iowans in a conversation about real people and real families and the importance of love, commitment, and why marriage matters. We know that we can help people open their hearts and minds by having meaningful conversations about how marriage strengthens families with Iowans across the state.
These poll results also send a strong and clear message to the Legislature that the majority of Iowans oppose a harmful ban of the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. We call on our legislators to fulfill their campaign promises of focusing on the issues that matter most to Iowans—creating jobs and improving education.
With growing support nationwide, One Iowa is committed to continuing our public education work to continue to increase public support for marriage, and we look forward to the day when all families are valued.”
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