Friday, April 10, 2009

Score one for a flyover state!

Well, for me, Iowa is not a flyover state--its a drive- to- state; we drive there a couple times a year, because that its where LK's family is. The following OP Ed from 4/9/09's NYT helps to correct a misperception of Iowa as a conservative state.
And, Iowa also took a stance and in 1998 adopted an Equal Rights Amendment to its State Constitution in a referenda even though Pat Robertson sent a letter to most households--my mother-in-law received one--that urged Iowans to defeat the referenda because Equal Rights would turn the women into feminists and "Feminists encourage women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, become lesbians, and destroy capitalism."
The Iowan ERA reads as follows: “All men and women are, by nature, free and equal and have certain inalienable rights — among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty,
acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and
happiness.” Iowa Constitution, Article I, §1 (1998).


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