As a Republican, I have struggled with my party’s perceived near unanimous opposition to same-sex civil marriage for some time. I felt strongly that this opposition to same-sex civil marriage within the party’s ranks was in stark contrast to core, fundamental, bed-rock Republican values: individual liberty, limited government and personal freedom.
However, in spite of my differing perspective on same-sex civil marriage from some of my fellow Republicans, I was hesitant to express my point-of-view for fear of what the reaction of my Republican colleagues might be. Disagreeing with other like-minded Republicans on things such as tax policy, the merits of various government subsidies and incentives or other such topics are discussed openly and one Republican’s support for such things while another opposes them makes neither of them any less of a Republican.
However, that didn’t seem to be the case on the topic of same-sex civil marriage.
So, when former Iowa Republican State Senator Jeff Angelo approached me about serving on the Advisory Board for the newly formed Iowa Republicans for Freedom (IRFF), I felt it was time to openly express my opinion on this topic with my Republican colleagues.
IRFF, which was founded one year ago, is a conservative group supporting marriage equality and was founded with the mission of protecting individual liberty, limiting government intrusion and increasing conservative support for same-sex civil marriage.
IRFF has provided a voice to conservative Iowans, like me, who believe in the values of fairness and freedom. We believe that there are many more conservative Iowans who support marriage equality and we certainly encourage them to join IRFF. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about IRFF, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website iowarepublicansforfreedom.com.
Republican, Democrat, liberal or conservative; my hope is that we can continue to discuss this issue with civility and respect of the other’s opinion. I want to be able to talk about why marriage equality matters to me with members of my own party and with other Iowans. Because at the end of the day, this isn’t about politics or sides, this is about the people of Iowa and what is fair.
Jason Gordon of Davenport is an at-large alderman. He formerly served as congressional district director for Reps. Jim Leach and Jim Nussle.