One Iowa responds to NOM in kind

August 2, 2010 at 7:00 am 28 comments

This is a great move by One Iowa. If you missed yesterday’s coverage of the dueling rallies in Des Moines, you can find it by clicking here -Adam)

By Arisha Michelle Hatch

Brian Brown and NOM gave Iowa equality activists one more reason to organize on Sunday. Brown’s decision to make bus tour stops in Des Moines and Sioux City provoked Carolyn Jenison, Executive Director of One Iowa, to launch a 5-city Iowa tour entitled “Stand Proud, Vote Proud.” The statewide tour will emphasize the importance of civic engagement on the issue of marriage equality.

“Just one year and two days ago, thousands of equality activists gathered in this [very] place to celebrate the Iowa court’s decision to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples,” Jenison said. “That’s why we’re back here today; to celebrate how far we’ve come and talk about what we must do next.”

As earlier reported, 298 equality activists gathered at the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.

The One Iowa August 1 – August 5 tour includes stops in Des Moines, Quad Cities, Sioux City, Waterloo and Iowa City. If you’re in Iowa you can join and support One Iowa at the following (remaining) locations:

Quad Cities

Monday, August 2, 11:00 a.m.

Davenport Police Department Community Room

416 Harrison Street, Davenport

Sioux City

Tuesday, August 3, 11:00 a.m.

Anderson Dance Pavilion

401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City

Waterloo/Cedar Falls

Wednesday, August 4, 11:00 a.m.

Waterloo Public Library

415 Commercial Street, Waterloo

Iowa City

Thursday, August 5, 11:00 a.m.

Iowa Public City Library

123 South Linn Street, Iowa City

Entry filed under: NOM Tour Tracker, Right-wing.

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28 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sagesse  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Check out the pictures of the rally in Des Moines on the One Iowa site (link above). And subscribing.

    • 2. Ann S.  |  August 2, 2010 at 9:42 am


  • 4. Alan E.  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Sub in.

    • 5. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

      Indeed, indeed!

      • 6. JonT  |  August 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm

        Quite, quite…

  • 7. Alan E.  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Arisha, where is the interview of Brian?

    • 8. adambink  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

      It’ll be up at 10:15 EST, had trouble uploading it.

      • 9. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:58 am

        Still having trouble???

  • 10. AndrewPDX  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:34 am



  • 11. PamC  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Go Iowa! Nice organized response.

  • 12. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:14 am

    It is so heart warming to see my home state represent so well against hatred and bigotry.
    IOWA you did yourselves PROUD!!


  • 13. Jeremy M.  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:27 am

    My husband and I will celebrate our 1 year anniversary on the 11th of August. Without the good people of Iowa on our side, this would never have happened. I wish we could be there to help at the rallies, but work is getting in the way. Keep up the good work One Iowa.

    • 14. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

      Congrates guys!!!!
      I just love newlyweds :-)

      • 15. Jeremy M.  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:08 am

        Thank you very much.

    • 16. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  August 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      You are very welcome Jeremy!
      My husband and I both grew up in Iowa…about 30 miles apart…we didn’t meet until 1983 in California, and have been together ever since :-)

  • 17. StraightForEquality  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:41 am


    • 18. Kathleen  |  August 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

      Go Iowa!

  • 19. Ronnie  |  August 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

    One Iowa is filled with SCORE…I love it…I love hype….<3…Ronnie

  • 20. l8r_g8r  |  August 2, 2010 at 9:20 am


  • 21. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  August 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Iowa Rocks!

  • 22. Kathleen  |  August 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

    “Outlawing gay marriage will improve the economy, activist says”

    Nice to see that all the comments are pro-equality.

    • 23. Dave in CA  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

      Tamara Scott, who made that extraordinary claim about banning same sex marriages will improve the economy, is from Concerned Women of America. That group, CWA, recently wrote about an op-ed in which they expressed their concerns about Chelsea Clinton marrying a Jewish boy!

      Clinton Wedding Raises Questions of Interfaith Marriage

      I am starting to believe think these groups won’t stop at banning gay marriage. Next up on the chopping block – interfaith marriages!

  • 25. Greg  |  August 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Yesterday’s interview with Brian Brown:

    So frustrating.

    • 26. l8r_g8r  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

      He didn’t answer a single question. I wonder if he thinks he did a good job.


    • 27. Alan E.  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

      Good on you for trying to get him to answer the question instead of spinning!

      You handled that a lot better this time around Arisha. It looks like you took many of our comments and criticisms to heart, and it worked out well for you! He cannot fathom any hypothetical situations because he knows that will go way off the talking points track. “I don’t accept the nature of the question.” /puke

      A good point to bring in is atheists getting married. We obviously don’t believe in a religious marriage and the state sees our marriages just fine without religious intervention. A religious marriage is not required in order for the state to recognize a valid marriage.

  • 28. Dave W  |  August 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    As has been seen, the proponents of Prop 8 want to hide themselves from identification, just as terrorists do by hiding their faces. WHY? Because they know in their hearts what they are saying or doing is wrong.


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