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The Des Moines Register:

written by Jeff Angelo, Ames, founder of Iowa Republicans for Freedom

Tim McQuillan, left, and Sean Fritz, right, both Iowa State University students became the first same-sex couple to marry in Iowa when they were married Aug. 31, 2007 by the Rev. Mark Stringer of First Unitarian Church in Des Moines at 10:32 a.m. in the Stringer’s front yard. / Rodney White/Register file photo

We are winning on the issue of marriage equality. All across the country, conservatives and Republicans, legislators and constituents, are standing up and speaking out in support of marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. And Americans across the country, regardless of political affiliation, are voicing their opposition to the passage of hurtful legislation that harms American families. I truly believe we are in the midst of a conservative movement for marriage equality. The new reality is that the tide for same-sex marriage is turning and that yes, we are winning.

For example, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has bravely and publicly joined many other conservatives in support of marriage. “I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married,” Senator Portman wrote in a Columbus Dispatch essay last month.

As an evangelical conservative, I agree wholeheartedly with Portman and think he should be commended for his leadership on this issue. Conservative values tell us that above all else, we need to defend individual liberty. As the party of freedom and limited government, supporting marriage for gay and lesbian families simply makes sense. What could be more in line with our values than supporting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters who want to build strong, stable families together through marriage? Marriage is, after all, the bedrock of a healthy society.

Fifty-two percent of Republicans under age 50 support the freedom to marry. These voices in support include Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Illinois, President George W. Bush’s campaign strategist Ken Mehlman, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Vice President Dick Cheney and the many supporters of Iowa Republicans for Freedom.

Yes, we are winning. And I look forward to working with more conservatives as they step forward and declare their support for marriage equality.

Read the article from The Des Moines Register.

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Dear Iowa Republicans for Freedom Supporters,

We have exciting news!

You are invited to attend an event featuring Ken Mehlman, GOP strategist, former RNC Chairman, the architect of President Bush’s 2004 successful campaign, and marriage equality supporter!

As the support for the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples continues to grow, many conservatives are unsure or conflicted about this issue while others see this an opportunity for the Republican party. This public event is an opportunity to speak with Mr. Mehlman and Iowa conservatives about their support for marriage for same-sex couples and what their vision for the future of the party looks like.

Iowa Republicans for Freedom Event with Ken Mehlman
Davis Brown Law Firm Atrium
215 10th St # 1300
Des Moines, IA 50309

Monday, January 28 — 5:15 to 7:15 PM

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please note, media will be invited to attend.

We hope you can join us!

Thanks,

Jeff Angelo
Iowa Republicans for Freedom Founder

The event is being sponsored by Iowa Republicans for Freedom, a public education organization making the conservative case for marriage equality. For more information, please visit http://www.IowaRepublicansforFreedom.org

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One Year Ago

Dear Iowa Republicans for Freedom Members,

Happy Anniversary IRFF!

A year ago, I took a chance and sent an op-ed into the Des Moines Register entitled “Why My View on Same-Sex Marriage Has Changed” and that turned into something bigger than anything I could ever have imagined. I received overwhelming support for taking a stand on marriage equality and that was what inspired me to create Iowa Republicans for Freedom.

Since then, we have grown to over 130 members and I am proud to say that we have five prominent Iowa Republicans on our advisory board. Together, we are making the conservative case for marriage in Iowa and we are making a difference! Click here to read our press release announcing the anniversary.

As IRFF members, it comes as no surprise to you that conservative support for marriage equality is growing. Last year, four Republicans in the New York state legislature were crucial votes in the passage of New York’s marriage equality law. Just a few months later, a Republican majority in the New Hampshire House of Representatives defeated an amendment that would have repealed New Hampshire’s marriage equality law. Prominent Republicans have also voiced their support for the freedom to marry, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Bush Administration Solicitor General Ted Olson, first daughter Laura Bush, and former Vice President Dick Cheney. We are in good company and our ranks continue to grow.

With the help of our visible and vocal supporters and advisory board members, IRFF has had very positive media stories in newspapers and on TV stations around the state which means we are reaching even more Iowans. I encourage you to visit our website www.iowarepublicansforfreedom.com to check out all of the latest news.

On the anniversary of IRFF’s founding, I write to you with one request: keep the conversation going. Keep spreading the word about Iowa Republicans for Freedom and what we believe in. It’s time we start to be more confident about talking about this issue among our fellow Republicans. I have found the more I talk about my support for marriage equality, the more people I find who agree with me! If you find more folks who support the conservative case for marriage, have them sign up and become part of our community! We encourage you and your friends to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

I also ask that you consider taking the following platform plank language with you to introduce at the Iowa State Republican Convention on June 16th:

Republican Platform Language:
We believe in limited government intrusion in people’s lives and believe that same-sex couples should continue to have the freedom to have a civil marriage in Iowa.

Thank you for standing with us this year. Together we can send a clear message that support for the freedom to marry is not a partisan issue. It is not about politics, it is about the values that we hold dear: family, freedom and fairness.

Sincerely,

Jeff Angelo
Iowa Republicans for Freedom

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Jeff Angelo was featured Tuesday on the Iowa Public Radio program The Exchange.

“We examine how we sort ourselves politically in two ways. First, a new study shows we’re more likely to seek a mate with similar political beliefs than they we are to seek a mate based on personality or looks. We’ll talk with one of the authors of ‘The Politics of Mate Choice,’ and a couple that defies the research. Iowans Jeff Angelo and Tara van Brederode share opposing political viewpoints on their blog ‘God, Politics and Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ Then, we talk with Michael Dimock from the Pew research Center about political typology. They recently released a study that shows a wide range of beliefs across the two-party system.”

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by former Iowa Sen. Jeff Angelo
printed in The Des Moines Register, 3/31/2011

I served 12 years in the Iowa Senate, and I, like all other legislators, took an oath to defend the our state’s constitution. During my tenure in the Senate, I voted for a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman, and I was lead sponsor for a similar amendment.

I heard from my church and my fellow Republicans that homosexuality was wrong, and I thought I could lovingly disagree with them. I could “hate the sin, love the sinner” as people say when they do not believe gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry. But there came a point when I could no longer ignore how much this attitude hurt the people I know. Because this issue is not about rhetoric; this issue is about people and their freedom to choose a spouse.

Our constitution exists to protect the rights of individuals, and does so by limiting the government’s power to control the lives and properties of citizens. A constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, instead of limiting government control, would limit the ability of a select group of citizens to enter into civil marriage, therefore violating the very purpose of our constitution.

When we start allowing constitutional amendments that limit individual control, and give that control over to the government, we open ourselves up to more limitations on our individual freedom. It’s easy to feel so passionately about an issue that you don’t look at it objectively, but what happens when the individual freedom we’re discussing is gun control or universal health care? We need to set aside the rhetoric and look at the slope on which we’re starting to slide.

This debate centers on a devaluation of the lives of select group of people. At its worst we are being asked to believe that our gay friends and neighbors are involved in a nefarious agenda, the outcome of which is supposedly the unraveling of society itself. It’s tempting to place the blame for all society’s ills at one doorstep; indeed, that has been the plight of minorities throughout history. But a villain like that only exists in movies. In reality, the forces we face are all the same: getting a good job, supporting our families and making our communities better places to live.

The stability of marriage and the sanctity of personal liberty are the foundations of conservative values, and we should be glad those values are spreading and being embraced in so many different walks of life. They are universal and fundamental.

There is no reason to think heterosexual marriage is threatened by gays and lesbians getting married. There will be the same number of heterosexual marriages, divorces and children born. Churches can choose not to marry same-sex couples, and churches that do have the religious freedom to perform those ceremonies.

Whether or not you agree with gay marriage, we’re all joined by our love of liberty. Free citizens are allowed to disagree and live their lives as they choose without fear of government reprisal as long as life and property are not threatened.

The tenor of this debate does not serve the people Iowa well, and is not in keeping with an Iowa culture known nationwide for displaying respect and generosity of spirit. Each day, Iowans worship with, work with, live with, and love people who are gay. Together we make a great state, facing the same problems and, hopefully, the same bright future.

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