Here's the announcement from OneIowa, a cosponsor with Lambda Legal. If you don't live in Des Moines, you can watch (12-1 pm, CST) on the Internet here and you can tweet questions to the panel at #WhyMarriageMattersIA
(Des Moines, IA)—Today, August 27th, join One Iowa, Lambda Legal and Zach Wahls for a Town Hall discussion on Iowa’s marriage law, why marriage matters, and the importance of Iowa's fair and impartial judicial system.
Monday, August 27
Town Hall Hosted by One Iowa and Lambda Legal
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Drake University in the Drake Legal Clinic
Located at 24th Street and University Avenue, Des Moines
A light lunch will be provided at 11:30
Featured Speakers:Sharon Malheiro, Founder and Board Chair, One IowaJim Bennett, Midwest Regional Director, Lambda LegalDonna Red Wing, Executive Director, One IowaZach Wahls, LGBT Advocate and YouTube sensation
Tweet your live questions directly to our panelists at #WhyMarriageMattersIA
Can’t make it to Des Moines? Click here to RSVP for the Virtual Town Hall event : http://www.lambdalegal.org/events/defending-freedom-to-marry-iowa
In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit Varnum v. Brien striking down Iowa’s marriage ban and extending the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples. Since then, gay and lesbian couples in Iowa have been able to legally wed.
In response, well-funded anti-equality groups launched an outright attack on Iowa’s courts and the freedom to marry, resulting in the ousting of three well-respected Iowa Supreme Court justices during a retention election. This mean-spirited campaign was designed to intimidate judges in Iowa and across the nation and fuel a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the judiciary in our democracy.
Join One Iowa, Lambda Legal and Zach Wahls for a Town Hall event to discuss the importance of fair and impartial courts, and why marriage matters to gay and lesbian couples in Iowa.