Thursday, November 5, 2009

One Iowa: Statewide Public Forums Planned to Continue Marriage Equality Conversation

November 5, 2009

(See list of events at bottom including one TONIGHT -
Nov. 5th - in Washington, IA!)

It's been six months since the Iowa Supreme Court issued their unanimous decision to allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry in the state of Iowa. But the struggle to protect marriage equality has only just begun. As we've seen in California and Maine, these freedoms are never as secure as we hope.

The Iowa legislative session is set to begin in January, and a roster of anti-gay gubernatorial candidates is pledging to take away the freedoms we've worked so hard to achieve. One candidate even flaunts the idea of defying the Iowa Supreme Court ruling with an executive order, barring the door to committed couples who want to marry.

At this critical juncture, One Iowa will host a series of public forums to continue our statewide conversation about marriage equality. These panel discussions around the state will represent various local perspectives: same-sex couples, parents of gays and lesbians, faith and community leaders, the legal community and local businesses.

Since One Iowa began in 2005, we have kept Iowa's statewide conversation about issues like civil marriage polite and respectful. We hope to continue this conversation about the positive affect of marriage equality on Iowa communities.

We face a critical challenge in Iowa's long history of civil rights. The opposition will try to chip away at our freedoms; together, we can protect civil marriage and equality in America's Heartland. [Link]

The forums are sponsored by:
Iowa Planned Parenthood Affiliate League
Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
ACLU of Iowa
NASW - Iowa Chapter
Lambda Legal
Family Equality Council

Forums will take place throughout November, December and January:

Thursday, November 5th 7:00PM – 9:00PM Public Library 115 West Washington St Washington, IA

Thursday, November 12th 6:30PM – 8:30PM CSPS Legion Arts 1103 3rd Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA

Monday, November 16th 6:30PM – 8:30PM The Council Bluffs Center 714 S Main St Council Bluffs, IA

Wednesday, November 18th 6:30PM – 8:30PM Indian Hills Community College Arts & Sciences/Efner Hall complex, RM 154 Ottumwa, IA

Tuesday, December 1st 6:30PM – 8:30PM Wilbur Aalfs Library Gleeson Room 529 Pierce St Sioux City, IA

Tuesday, December 1st 6:30PM – 8:30PM Schera’s Restaurant & Bar 107 South Main St Elkader, IA

Thursday, December 3rd 6:30PM – 8:30PM Waterloo Public Library 415 Commercial St Waterloo, IA

Monday, December 7th 7:00PM - 9:00PM Grinnell Campus Grinnell, IA

Tuesday, December 8th 7pm - 9pm Campus of Northern Iowa Community College Calmar, Iowa

Tuesday, December 8th 6:00PM – 8:00PM Central Library 1000 Grand Ave Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, December 9th 6:30PM – 8:30PM Central Middle School 901 Cedar St Muscatine, IA

Thursday, December 10th 6:30PM – 8:30PM All Cultures Equal Center 1440 E 2nd St Webster City, IA

Thursday, December 10th 5:30PM – 7:30PM Newton Public Library 100 N 3rd Ave WNewton, IA

Thursday, December 10th 6:30PM – 8:30PM West Burlington Community High School Auditorium 408 W Van Weiss Blvd West Burlington, IA

Thursday, December 17th 7:00PM – 9:00PM Scott Community College Student Life Center Auditorium Bettendorf, IA

Tuesday, January 5th 6:30PM – 8:30PM Mindframe Theater 555 JFK Rd Dubuque, IA

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