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Iowa Gays Plug State's Equality Perks at California Disneyland Event

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Representatives for three regional tourist bureaus in Iowa were at Disneyland in Anaheim this weekend for the Gay Days event there, urging Southern California gays to relocate to the Hawkeye State:

"At the booth set up inside Disney’s Grand Californian hotel, gay and lesbian couples sampled wedding cake and posed for photos inside a frame that read, 'Just Married … In Iowa City!' The Iowa representatives took the free photos and supplied the tuxedo jackets and bridal veils. They also handed out brochures touting Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Coralville, among other cities. 'We want people to know that if the California Legislature is unwilling to take the step to give gay couples the right to marry, then please consider coming to Iowa where we will gladly welcome you with open arms,' said Joe Jennison, executive director of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance."

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  1. As a native Iowan who has since relocated to the West Coast, I think it's great the state is actively touting it's equality cred. My entire family and many of my friends still live in the state and it is truly fair-minded. Granted I couldn't see living there again - but if you're looking for a place to raise a family, it's a great spot (and very cheap to live.)

    Posted by: ioWAndy | Oct 5, 2009 2:02:53 PM


  2. "if the California Legislature is unwilling to take the step to give gay couples the right to marry"

    I can totally excuse Mr. Jennison for being confused, because it's been confusing, but the California Legislature is totally not to blame for this. In fact i think this may be the only problem in the state I cannot think of a way to blame the legislature for.

    Posted by: mcc | Oct 5, 2009 6:38:00 PM


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