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As the historic Iowa Supreme Court decision was handed down, GLAAD's Media Field Strategist Sarah Kennedy was on the ground in the state to lend media relations assistance to One Iowa and other partner organizations working to bring visibility to this historic moment for our community.  On April 4, the day the decision came down, One Iowa coordinated 10 celebratory rallies across the state, and GLAAD was excited to be on hand to help turn out broadcast and print reporters across the state.   And there was quite a bit of media coverage.

[caption id="attachment_7582" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Celebration of ruling at ISU Campus, Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Sue Ellen Tuttle.)"]Celebration of ruling at ISU Campus, Ames, Iowa.  (Photo by Sue Ellen Tuttle.)
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The Des Moines Register featured fantastic local coverage of the reactions of Iowans and the economic opportunities created by the decision. Register columnist Rekah Basu summarized many Iowans sentiments: "Change, however sweeping or fundamental, begins with one or a few individuals who recognize a wrong and put themselves on the line to right it. That's America's tradition - and today, once again, it's Iowa's pride."

An overwhelming majority of the state's Editorial Boards came out in support of the Iowa Supreme Court ruling, including Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register, The Quad-City Times, and The Ames Tribune.

Nationally, The New York Times' Editorial Board expressed their support of the Iowa decision, writing, "[The] ruling on gay marriage by Iowa's Supreme Court is a refreshing message of fairness and common sense from the nation's heartland."

Iowan blogs Bleeding Heartland, God, Politics, and Rock ‘n' Roll and Blog for Iowa praised their state's decision while Krusty Konservative, The Real Sporer and Bold Color Conservative looked towards plans to appeal the decision with a voter initiative in 2012.

 

Rally at the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City, Iowa, in support of the Iowa Supreme Court decision.  (Photo by Alan Light.)

Rally at the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City, Iowa, in support of the Iowa Supreme Court decision. (Photo by Alan Light.)

Queerty reviewed response of anti-gay activists to the ruling while The Huffington Post ran an article suggesting that the marriage equality strengthens marriage as an institution.

 

Anti-gay activists in Iowa have spent the weekend putting pressure on Iowa's legislature and governor to pass an amendment to the state's constitution to nullify Friday's court ruling, which Towleroad addressed today.  One Iowa is using their website to activate folks to help protect the freedom to marry in Iowa:

"Chuck Hurley and opponents of marriage are rallying NOW at the Iowa Capitol to overturn the Court's decision! They've spent the weekend flooding our elected officials with anti-gay emails and calls in attempts to eliminate marriage equality. It's critical that our elected officials hear from fair-minded Iowans like you TODAY! ... CLICK HERE to email Gov. Culver"

GLAAD is proud to support the victory of Iowa's LGBT Equality organizations - check back here for more reports from Sarah and OneIowa.