The Iowa Supreme Court upheld a county judge’s ruling in September 2007 that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Prepare for the howls from the right in 5, 4, 3, . . .
News flash: This isn’t California or Massachusetts or Vermont. It’s Iowa, people. Iowa. We’re talking Field of Dreams. We’re talking home to people like Ann Landers and her sister Dear Abby, Glenn Miller and Donna Reed, Andy Williams and Grant Wood and John Wayne.
We’re talking about the home of Marian the Librarian, for crying out loud. But as sure as God made little green apples, the GOP will come to town dressed up like bandleaders and start talking about Trouble.
Back in 2007, when the county judge first ruled on this case, I posted about the howls from the right, noting this observation from then-Des Moines Register political columnist David Yepson, who questioned the conventional wisdom that says the same-sex marriage debate is bad news for the Democrats:
. . . But two things may temper this debate:
- Many Iowa voters no longer get as bothered about homosexuality as they once did. Lawmakers just approved a bill protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in employment and housing.
- At a time when the country is at war, questions surrounding national security trump all other questions. And now it looks as if the economy is growing shaky, thanks to the mortgage crisis. In hard times, economic issues trump social ones.
When you are worried about losing your job or your kid getting killed in Iraq, you just don’t care as much about what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom.
Bottom line: Republicans looking to flick "the gays are coming" switch may find it no longer lights up the electorate the way it once did.
That was 18 months ago, and the economy has gone from "growing shaky" to a full-blown meltdown in the interim. But that won’t keep the GOP from flicking that broken switch and singing about . . .
Libertine men and Scarlet women!
And Rag-time, shameless music
That’ll grab your son and your daughter
With the arms of a jungle animal instinct!
Friends, the idle brain is the devil’s playground!
Good luck with that, fellas.