Corning and Pederson Thanksgiving shove for gay marriage
This morning it was a nice treat to find a copy of the Des Moines Register on my front step. All was well until I happened upon the Opinion section and a letter written by Corning and Pederson. Gay rights supporters could not let a Thanksgiving go by without attempting to push their opinions about gay marriage onto Iowans.
That Corning and Pederson had to bring attention to the fact that they signed onto a brief supporting same-gender marriage is not surprising. And it is not surprising that they would chose to enlighten us on Thanksgiving of their assistance in a Supreme Court case. The gay rights train is roaring into Iowa with the likes of Corning and Peterson on board.
So on this Thanksgiving I will chime in with a non-lawyer, non-former-anything-important in the big scheme of Iowa politics counter to what was published in the Des Moines Register.
I am thankful that California voters said NO to gay marriage. Taking a stance against gay marriage has had harsh consequences to many who opposed it. The bullying by pro-gay marriage Americans has been harsh and on-going. The bullies are out to make people pay a price if they offer up opposition to the wants and desires of the gay agenda.
I fully expect that Iowans will experience such unpleasantness and a similar battle. Thankfully Iowans are up to another confrontation and will not be influenced because former Lieutenant Governors have given their support and expertise to the gay marriage issue. Those who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman do live in Iowa. They may not yet understand that a huge amount of money is being funneled into Iowa by gay rights activists or that there will be the need to stand up and be counted at the risk of being bullied. It will be up to Iowa residents to make our voices heard above the Liberals… Progressives… and others who wish to push their agenda on the rest of us.
Recognize civil rights of all family types
As we gather around our Thanksgiving tables this year, we can’t help noticing how much the American family has changed over the course of the past 50 years. Today’s family is not the one portrayed in “Father Knows Best” or idealized in Norman Rockwell’s paintings.
This Thanksgiving, many of our families will include loving, committed gay and lesbian couples and their children. That’s the rich diversity that exists in American families today – right here in middle America. Our Thanksgiving tables include sons and daughters, stepchildren and grandchildren, in-laws and relatives of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds and physical and mental disabilities. All are welcome at the table.
All of this raises our awareness of the gap between the reality of family life in America and the laws that govern family life. Without marriage, same-gender couples and their children do not enjoy the same legal protections that other loving couples and families do. These couples are denied hundreds of automatic protections in the Iowa Code, such as hospital visitation or bereavement leave and the responsibility to make decisions regarding medical treatment for their partner. They are denied these civil rights.
In a couple of weeks the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit filed on behalf of six Iowa same-gender couples. We signed onto a brief that supported their case because we believe that all Iowans should have equal rights and protections under the laws.
- Joy Corning, Republican, lieutenant governor, 1991-1999; Sally Pederson, Democrat, lieutenant governor, 1999-2007