Image via WikipediaThe exciting news broke this morning that Iowa's Supreme Court had unanimously struck down the state's "Defense of Marriage Act" that defined marriage only as between one man and one woman.
While the ruling is wonderful and I'm thrilled to hear of more legal scholars who see the absurdity of these Right Wing laws, I can't help but feel like a wet blanket among my LGBT friends.
All over Facebook the celebrations are happening. People are jumping up and down and hailing the ruling saying it means Iowa will now have marriage equality. Celebrations are planned in cities around the nation and our LGBT groups are breaking their arms patting themselves on the back.
And I'm sitting here thinking: The court struck down a state statute. That means that now the Right Wingnuts will take it to the next level and get to work on a Constitutional amendment for the state. They're not just going to sit back and congratulate us on a game well played. They're going to go on the attack now that they've lost the first battle. We can celebrate, but we should be celebrating with the sober realization that we're going to have another huge fight on our hands now in Iowa and be preparing for that fight as we're partying today.
Think I'm wrong? Let's see what the major players on the other side are up to this afternoon:
Tony "Psycho" Perkins: "We urge Iowans to contact their legislators and urge them to move quickly to pass a constitutional amendment protecting marriage, joining the twenty-nine states that have already defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their state constitutions."
Rep. Steve King: “Now it is the Iowa legislature’s responsibility to pass the Marriage Amendment to the Iowa Constitution, clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman, to give the power that the Supreme Court has arrogated to itself back to the people of Iowa. Along with a constitutional amendment, the legislature must also enact marriage license residency requirements so that Iowa does not become the gay marriage Mecca due to the Supreme Court’s latest experiment in social engineering.”
Phyllis "We Thought This Bitch Was Dead" Schlafley: "We can never allow the definition of marriage to simply mean two consenting persons who agree to share quarters and start applying to the government for benefits... Eagle Forum calls on the Iowa state legislature to work to adopt a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman only, and by subsequently passing a state law that withdraws jurisdiction from the state courts over this issue."
Douglas "My Law Degree Came Out of a Cracker Jack Box" Napier of the ADF: “Now it’s time for the Iowa Legislature to allow the people to vote on marriage as one man and one woman by placing a marriage amendment on the ballot. Let Iowans be heard. The legal definition of marriage should be in their hands, not the hands of unelected judges."
Concerned Women for America (AKA The Keep 'em Barefoot 'n Pregnant Coalition): "Iowans need to look to the people of California for encouragement and begin working today to pass an amendment by asking our legislators to allow us a vote on an amendment. Sitting legislators should not only support a bill that would allow Iowans a say in the vote, but they should demand their constituents' voices be heard by sponsoring the bill and offering to bring it to the floor. Any legislator not willing to sponsor such a bill is proving their loyalty is with political agendas and not with the people of Iowa or the intent of our Founding Fathers."
Roberta Combs (Christian Coalition Dingbat): "It is way past time for the United States Congress to finally pass a federal constitutional amendment banning homosexual "marriage" once and for all. Considering the fact that some 30 states have overwhelmingly passed such state amendments, and that 38 states are required to ratify a federal constitutional amendment, such a federal amendment will undoubtedly be ratified by more than enough state legislatures. It is time for Congress to act."
Traditional Values Coalition (AKA Keep 'em Barefoot, Pregnant and Beaten Coalition): "Iowans must start to work immediately on getting a constitutional amendment passed to protect marriage. Their religious freedoms are in jeopardy if they fail to do so."
Liberty Counsel's Matt "We Don't Need No Edumacation" Barber: "The Iowa Supreme Court has earned its rightful place in the judicial activism hall of shame. It has infected the wholesome heartland with the same malady eating away at natural marriage, family and morality at our nation’s coastal and ideological fringes.
“If you think you saw a fight in California to restore natural marriage with the successful passage of Proposition 8, then hold on to your hats. Something tells me the fine folks of Iowa don’t cotton to seven black robed autocrats supplanting mid-western values with San Francisco vice.”
So folks, there you have. While celebrating today just keep in mind that tomorrow morning the REAL fight is going to begin and you're going to have to help out the folks in Iowa in a big way. This is no time to party in the streets in your hometown and forget they're going to be under attack like never before in the morning.