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.
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.