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Monday, April 13, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Equality if we can keep it, part 2: The Campaign

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Supporters of marriage equality are basking in the glow of victory now, and the legislative leadership has decided to uphold the Iowa constitution. But at some point the Iowa ballot may see a vote to take away equal marriage rights. ... So we need to figure out what to do when that day comes, and the hard lessons of California in 2008 can be useful. Start now. California saw massive protests and endless navel-gazing after Prop 8's win, which prompted the LA Times to ask, "Where were these marchers before the election? Like nearly every aspect of the fight against Proposition 8, the recent protests come too late to make a difference." ... As hard as it may be sometimes, don't alienate the middle of the roaders by calling opponents bigots (even if they are). ... We can't count on the coordinated campaign. Depending on the cycle, the state party will care more about the presidential or governor's race, and they'll definitely sell out marriage equality to keep the likes of Dolores Mertz and Geri Huser, who never vote with us when it really matters (as we saw yesterday when they voted with Republicans in a failed effort to move the inequality amendment to the House floor. That primary challenge to Huser last year was really a lost opportunity.)

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