It is our lifetime conviction that all people are created equal, and it is our belief that good people subscribe to the "golden rule" that has resulted in our decision to withdraw our reservation to hold our wedding reception at the Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 2013.
Last year, my partner Sumitra and I moved to Iowa to get married. After 26 years, we will finally tie the knot this fall in Des Moines. And it occurred to me the night of the Supreme Court rulings that my marriage would mean so much more now.
Four years ago today, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled that excluding gay and lesbian couples from marriage violated the promise of equal protection and was thus unconstitutional, and our state became only the third in the nation to extend the freedom to marry to them.
Today, March 26, and tomorrow, March 27, the Supreme Court will address the question of whether all Americans have the freedom to marry the person they love. The children being raised by LGBT parents are in an excellent position to answer that question, and they are speaking out.
The Republican Party was founded on principles of individual liberty and limited government, and what could be more antithetical to those principles than telling someone that they can't marry the person they love? We know that these conversations are happening around the country.
There was a feeling of safety in Iowa that does not exist in Minnesota. In Iowa I didn't feel as if part of me was gearing up for an attack on my humanity, always watching for the dangers that accompany that.