In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court found a state law limiting marriage to a man and a woman to be unconstitutional. The court is exactly where this issue should be decided, and, in this case, it affirmed the principle of equal protection under the law. Moving backwards, an Iowa House committee recently approved a proposal enabling voters to decide whether the state constitution should limit marriage to heterosexual couples. It is appalling that the civil rights of a minority should be subject to the vote of a majority, with the possible result being codified discrimination. Before the House Committee, 19-year-old Zach Wahls, son of two mothers, made an eloquent, powerful appeal for marriage equality:
Zach Walls: "If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I'd make you very proud. I'm not really so different from any of your children. My family really isn't so different from yours. After all, your family doesn't derive its sense of worth from being told by the state, 'You're married; congratulations.' No. The sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other... So what you're voting here isn't to change us... You are voting for the first time in the history of our state to codify discrimination into our constitution..."