CNN Finds That Gay Marriage Hasn’t Caused the Sky to Fall in Iowa: AUDIO


CNN's Nova Safo visits Iowa to see how the state has changed in its attitudes toward same-sex marriage over the past four years, sitting down with Molly Tafoya from LGBT group One Iowa and former state senator Jeff Angelo, who was once staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage but has completely reversed his position:

“Most of our small towns have people in them that are gay, and live peaceful lives. They’re not made to feel like outsiders. So what occurred to me was that the political debate didn’t really match up what was going on in Iowa communities. And that’s when I thought this is just unfair. There’s no evil force that’s out there that’s trying to destroy marriage. It was people that just wanted to fall in love, and have stable families and monogamous relationships just like I do. That’s what changed my mind.”

Angelo has now teamed up with Tafoya to form Iowa Republicans for Freedom, "a group working to advance a conservative argument in support of gay marriage and to encourage more Republicans to join the cause."

Angelo's group brought Ken Mehlman to Iowa in January, if you recall.

Listen, below:


  1. Gigi says

    Gay marriage has been legal in my province of Ontario, Canada for 10 years and guess what?
    The sky hasn’t fallen here either. Imagine!

  2. kookie says

    like i’ve always said…you can preach and tell and legislate your ass off, but until people in your community see who you are, what you’re about, and who you really are, you aren’t going anywhere.

  3. says

    Sky hasn’t fallen in Canada, either.

    It’s one of those frustrating ironies, eh? Republicans who cry out for religious freedom, and the government not being all “big” and “infringing on personal freedoms and liberties” should be all about LGBT Equality.

    alas, they end up being just like the pious hypocritical “Christians” whose lives and actions are a literal antithesis to the written message of Christ. gee. wonder why.

    but hey, consistency aint the right-wing’s strong point.

    and yeah, our most powerful way to affect change is to Come Out, to everyone. co-workers, neighbours, friends, acquaintances.

    you never know whose mind you will change, and due to that who’s life you may SAVE, by Coming Out.

  4. Caliban says

    How long is it going to take for it to hit home to these people that NONE of their hysterical fear-based scenarios ever happen? The military didn’t become a hot-bed of predatory homos and screeching pillow-biters with the repeal of DADT. Not only does gay marriage not destroy “traditional marriage,” no one even really noticed it because it doesn’t effect them at all.

    Yeah, what a shock. Who could have possibly seen that coming? Other than people who have two brain cells to rub together, I mean.

  5. candideinnc says

    How quaint. They lose the battle and now the war, so they want to change sides. Excuse me if I don’t shower them with praise for their epiphany.

  6. johnny says

    This is such a nice refreshment after having watched NOM’s Brian Full-o’-sh*t Brown lying his ass off about marriage equality on CSPAN for a full half-hour this afternoon.