So, I recently got a letter from the office of the governor. I knew what it was, so I didn’t bother opening it until this weekend, as I was doing some much needed cleaning as I prepare to move back east.
Back when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage, there was a lot of concern about reaction to it. Following the lead of One Iowa, I made a personal phone call to Governor Chet Culver to make sure I knew I supported the ruling. This letter is his “response.”
It isn’t very heart-warming though. As you may recall, Culver took a very middle-of-the-road politically safe (cowardly) position after the court. It shows in this letter. I’ve posted scans below, but here are two passages to note:
As I have stated before, I personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. This is a tenet of my personal faith.
See what I mean? He sends me this letter. His point is that everybody still gets to hold this belief; the ruling is just about civil marriage. But my question is: Why do I care what the governor’s faith is? His religious beliefs should have absolutely no effect on the job he performs. It’s not my business, and no situation should arise when I should need to make it my business.
Then, there’s this little gem:
The Court also concluded that the denial of this right constitutes discrimination. Therefore, after careful consideration and a thorough reading of the Court’s decision, I am reluctant to support amending the Iowa Constitution to add a provision that our Supreme Court has said is unlawful and discriminatory.
He is reluctant. He’s not firmly opposed. He’s not strongly against. He’s merely reluctant to support something that is apparently unlawful and discriminatory.
I suppose I appreciate the governor’s attention to responding to his constituents, but I think he needs a better writer if his goal was to actually appease me. This I don’t want to lose political ground so I guess I’ll tolerate your rights is not impressive in the least.
Anyways, here’s the letter, complete with my name spelled wrong (of course).