Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Religion can't be basis for Iowa's laws

Dan Johnson of Des Moines, IA. had the below impassioned opinion published in The Des Moines Register on Friday, 1 July, 2011:
Gay marriage is really quite a simple issue.  Before the Iowa Supreme Court ruling, heterosexual couples could marry and secure advantages under state and federal laws.  Same gender couples could not.
The Iowa Constitution forbids laws that disadvantage some citizens, as opposed to others, without good reason.  The courts gave those defending traditional marriage ample opportunity to provide good reason for the discrimination, and they could provide nothing more than religion.  
Religion cannot be the basis of laws.  Game over. 
Props to Dan Johnson!  One wonders if any supporters of Civil Marriage Discrimination -- or even our elected officials in the Republican Party -- will take his words to heart; though I doubt it.  I, for one, would love to shake his hand for his astute bravery in signing his name to this opinion!  The gods certainly know that groups sponsoring Civil Marriage Discrimination are fighting tooth-and-nail against having their identities revealed.  In fact, it would have been a fabulous idea if, during the November primaries of 2010, if a televised ad campaign would have included video footage of the Varnum trial to show the citizenry of Iowa that the state had absolutely no legal basis on which to stand for supporting Civil Marriage Discrimination.  As you can see in the video footage below, the Iowa Supreme Court Justices asked deeply penetrating questions, yet the State was unable to provide any evidence for this continued discrimination - yet, almost no Iowans have demonstrated a knowledge of these fact:

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