DOMA DECISION: Iowa Advocate Group Reacts

In Iowa, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key portion of the national Defense of Marriage Act will change the benefits that go along with same-sex marriage.

The group One Iowa, which supports full equality for LGBT Iowans, held a small watch party Wednesday morning awaiting the announcement.

Employees gathered with their laptops logged into the U.S. Supreme Court blog waiting for the news to come down.

One Iowa’s executive director Donna Red Wing got emotional as the decision came down saying the DOMA was unconstitutional.

Red Wing, along with 315,000 others, were logged on to the blog as the news was released.

The court’s ruling means big changes for Iowa’s married same-sex couples. Now, they’ll be given the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples, including income taxes and social security benefits.

Red Wing, who has plans to get married this fall, says the news changes everything

“We won and that`s so incredible, personally I`ve been with my partner for 26 years and our marriage is going to mean something now, that`s the first thing I`m thinking about, but I`m also thinking about the thousands and thousands of couples in the states that do have marriage how those marriages will be federally recognized,” says Red Wing.

One Iowa is holding a community rally Wednesday evening at 6:00, it will be held at the west terrace at the state capitol.

We reached out to the Family Leader, a Christian conservative group that has publically opposed same-sex marriage and received a statement from the group’s president and CEO Bob Vander Plaats.

A portion of the statement reads, “It is important to remember this is not the Roe v. Wade of marriage.  It does not authorize so-called “same-sex” marriage across the board.  Both Supreme Court opinions have recognized that marriage is a state issue, and need to be decided at that level.  Iowans have yet to make that decision for themselves.  The Iowa Supreme Court exceeded its Constitutional authority, and has forced their opinion on the state of Iowa.  This issue is foundational to our society, and will not be, nor should it be over soon.”

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