FIVE YEARS: Legalized Gay Marriage Milestone

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Five years ago today, Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and third state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

On April 3, 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The advocacy group, One Iowa says more people are embracing the change.

“I think people are moving forward in their thoughts about same gender marriage and how they think about LGTB people,” say One Iowa, executive director, Donna Red Wing.

However critics - like The Family Leader - continue to fight for traditional marriage.

“God created marriage, man didn`t. so we are arrogant to try and change what God created,” says vice president, Chuck Hurley.

Same sex couple, John Sellers and Tom Helten, says they hope one day the topic of gay marriage is not a focal point of criticism.

“I look forward to when it’s not news anymore and it’s something special every day. I think when we get there things are where they should be.”

From 2009 through 2012 more than 6,000 same sex couples have been married in Iowa. Three quarters of those couples came from out of state.


  • someone

    “God created marriage” yes but for man and woman how ever im all for gays having equal rights maybe they should respect my religion.

  • Randall

    God also created gay people, so I guess he intended everyone to take part in marriage. Man has restricted marriage, not God. And it is nice of WHO to acknowledge the anniversary when other local news media pretends it never happened.

    • Al-Ert

      God creates every human being as innocent babies (without sin). But, He also allows us to make our own choices as we grow up. Through this process of growing older, EVERY person sins, or as the Bible states, “…every man (and woman) is tempted, when he (or she) is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:14-15). As we read our loving God’s instruction book (the Bible), we find that although each of us has a choice, there will also be consequences to our actions. God WANTS us to be saved! Therefore, our loving God has stated the sins (lusts) that will keep us from living eternally with Him, sins that will cause our souls to be cast into Hell fire eternally. Among those sins is homosexuality. So, yes, God has created each of us, who later become sinners (by us giving in to our own lusts), but we were NOT created as sinners at birth. It is a choice that each of us make. These bad choices that we make bring about eternal death. But, again, our loving Heavenly Father knows this (that we are weak humans and will sin) and has made a way for us to make ourselves clean and whole again… just as when we were newborn babes. That is through His Son, Jesus Christ. I plead with those who have chosen the homosexual lifestyle to look to God and Jesus for their salvation. Please DO NOT make excuses for your sin. Read His love letter to you and obey Him. God loves you and wants you to be saved from your sin… because sin will NOT enter Heaven.

    • Al-Ert

      Also, I’m curious to know where in the Bible I can find that God did not restrict marriage? I do read in Genesis 5:2 where it says “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” The fact that God calls anything outside of marriage, “fornication, adultery, homosexuality, etc.” shows where God established the boundaries for marriage. I also see where Jesus invoked Genesis, and added to it: ” 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a MAN leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his WIFE: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Matthew 9:4-6. Not only does God join the man to a woman (wife) to make the marriage, but it is a FATHER and a MOTHER that biologically formed the man; procreation. God’s marriage plan is perfect, designed to work for his creation.

  • Camel Lovers, Ankeny Office

    If we is forced to listen to this morality, we is sure they’ll listen to ours.

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