from The Des Moines Register.
Recently, I had an opportunity to introduce a unique plank at my Republican county convention. At the Humboldt County Republican Convention, I introduced pro-equality language in support of same-sex civil marriage in Iowa.
As a Republican, I am very committed to ensuring same-sex couples have equal rights. After following online the Iowa Republicans for Freedom organization, which supports same-sex marriage, I was more than enthusiastic to help the cause.
Although the plank was unsuccessful, it provided encouragement. It is true that there are a number of Republicans who are vehemently opposed to our state’s law on civil marriage, usually deferring to ill-informed conceptions and debatable biblical interpretations. However, it was astounding to me that I did not stand alone on voting “aye” for the plank, and that many individuals abstained from the vote. This is perhaps an indication that more Republicans in Iowa support same-sex civil marriage than meets the eye.
As Republicans, we must become realistic about the truth of same-sex marriage and our position. There is no conceivable way that same-sex marriage is detrimental to the family unit or society. Without political motivation, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled three years ago that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was unconstitutional. As conservatives, we should praise that decision as it was a step toward limiting government intrusion in our lives.
I encourage all of my fellow Republicans to join Iowa Republicans for Freedom in protecting our liberties and to not be intimidated by people within the party who are not supportive of the cause. I challenge all elected officials to muster their moral courage and defend the freedom of all Iowa families.
— Ryan Mehaffy, Humboldt