Iowa Governor To Proclaim Gay-Straight Alliance Day
Iowa Governor Chet Culver is expected to proclaim Wednesday, January 27 “Iowa Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Day.”
Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge will read Culver's official proclamation Tuesday night during Iowa Pride Network's GSA Kick-Off Party in downtown Des Moines.
Student-led GSA groups in high schools and colleges work to end violence and harassment of students including those that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
The proclamation is a small but important victory for gay activists as Democrats face mounting political pressures from social conservatives wanting to put the Iowa Supreme Court's recent ruling in favor of gay marriage up for a vote. Republicans have rallied around the issue, promising, if elected in 2010, to allow the public to decide the issue. Democrats, including Culver, continue to support the court's unanimous decision.
This is the fourth year Iowa GSA Day has been observed.