As a member of GLAAD's Media Field Strategy team, working on the ground with the great staffs of One Iowa and Lambda Legal was an amazing experience! The mood on the night I got in was hopeful--the next morning by 8:30 a.m. we expected to hear the Iowa Supreme Court's historic decision about marriage equality.
When we all heard the good news, a unanimous win for marriage equality, we celebrated! But only for a minute, because we soon realized there was much work to do.
Lambda Legal's Camilla Taylor, architect of the marriage case, at the press conference. (Image credit: Lambda Legal)
Iowa will "set the standard for fairness and equality in the Midwest," said Carolyn Jenison.
You can see much more of the coverage here at glaadBLOG.
That weekend, and the following week, was full of successful and challenging work. Though we had a lot to celebrate--the court's unanimous ruling, the great rallies in small and large cities, and the large number of newspaper editorial boards that came out in favor of the decision--one of our top priorities was to educate Iowans.
Actress Alicia Silverstone gets laughs in the latest spoof of the anti-gay extremist paid TV commercial.
GLAAD's Media Field Strategy team does this type of local work every day. See team member Adam Bass' coverage from his work in Colorado for the Zapata trial.
Stay tuned for updates from my second '09 Iowa trip and all the exciting marriage day updates!