Out in Iowa, some 167 faith leaders are voicing their support for marriage equality, and went even further this past Tuesday by calling out same-sex marriage opponents who use the Bible to promote discrimination.
The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa held a news conference at the Statehouse to announce that more than 160 representatives from a cross-section of diverse faiths had penned letters to all 150 Iowa legislators outlining their position, which is: "As many faith traditions affirm, where there is love, the sacred is in our midst. This belief is the same for couples comprised of a man and a woman, two women or two men."
It's like I been tellin' y'all, God is Love.
The Reverend Matt Mardis-LeCroy, who is chairman of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, said: "Let me be perfectly clear....I do not support marriage equality in spite of my Christian faith. I support marriage equality because of my Christian faith. As you can see I am not alone."
"We all have the ability and responsibility to express love," said Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank. "Therefore we all deserve the right to publicly celebrate our love through civil marriage, regardless of sexual orientation."
Of course, the wingnuts were out, too. Bryan English, spokesman for the Iowa Family Policy Center, a leading proponent of discrimination, said, "We obviously come from a uniquely Christian perspective. We're not trying to represent the faith traditions of others. We can't find Biblical justification for the position the Interfaith Alliance has taken today."
Pay attention, Teresa! I said it before. God.Is.Love.
And she's in Iowa right now. Watching.