Monday, 23 January 2012 22:18

New Campaign Launched To Sway Iowans Opinion On Gay Marriage

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A new campaign in Iowa starts to sway the public opinion in favor of the marriage equality because, even if one can marry in Iowa, a great majority of the population always opposes it.

Gay marriage was prohibited but a legislation approved by the Supreme Court overturned the ban and legalize marriage for gays and lesbians.

Of course, this does not mean Iowans are for. A Des Moines Register Iowa Poll in February 2011 showed 38% of Iowans were against and 35% were for. That's why, on several occasions, Republicans tried to pass an amendment to repeal gay marriage but Democrats stopped all the efforts.

According to RadioIowa, Troy Price, executif director of One Iowa, a gay advocacy group which made this campaign, says the poll also showed 30% don’t care one way or the other. He says if the undecided citizens got to know more gay couples, they would see there’s nothing wrong with same-sex unions.

"Most of the conversations about marriage in this state have been focused on the political aspects of the debate, they’ve focused on its impact on the statehouse or on judicial retention or on the presidential caucuses, but what’s gotten lost in this conversation is what this debate is really all about, which is about people," Price says.

This campaign will thus quite simply shows we are not different.

"They get up every morning, they make breakfast for their kids, they go to work, they have dinner at the end of the day, they go to PTA meetings, they’re active in their churches and communities. They’re regular, everyday Iowans, who only want their commitment to one another to be recognized by the community they actively participate in," Price added.