Actually, this is the second bit of progressive news from the corn
state that's taken the coast-dwellers by surprise in the last year: The
state that is 94 percent white chose Democratic nominee Barack
Obama over Hillary Clinton in the presidential caucus.
think people underestimate Iowans. If you take people from the West
Coast they think Midwesterners are really closed minded." Still, the
fact that Iowa is from the heartland sets sets an example for the
nation: "If Iowa and the Midwest can make [gay marriage] legal, I don't
think any other state has any excuse," MacKenzie says.
Yet as we've learned in California, it's not over. Conservative Iowans could come up with their own version of Prop. 8.
Todden, an out lesbian from Indianola, Iowa, who moved to L.A. to
pursue TV writing says she's not sure how gay marriage would sit with
Iowan voters. "I know my family is very open and accepting but not
everyone is the same way. My best friend [from Iowa] is a Republican
Christian conservative and although she loves me, she's still opposed
to gay marriage."
Todden says she received the news with
surprise today when a friend forwarded her the story from the New York
Times. "Today I was very proud of Iowa and proud to be from there. If
this serves as a bellwether in the Midwest, then maybe more states
will follow suit. I think that's amazing."
But Todden says
ultimately, the pressure is still on the California Supreme court to
overrule Prop. 8. "I hope the push for gay marriage in California
continues. I think California will serve as a bellweather state as far
as approving gay marriage nationwide."