I’m speechless but I’ll try. I was not optimistic heading into yesterday’s Iowa Supreme Court marriage equality ruling but we both made plans to be at our local rally, win or lose. What a momentous day – a bold move in a long string of historic Iowa decisions for civil rights and equality.
Already there are negative voices and movements afoot to revoke these hard won rights, but there are also voices of hope. The Iowa Democratic Majority has already issued a strongly worded statement in support of the decision. Here’s a quote:
For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008
Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal
House Speaker Pat Murphy
Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing civil rights
This is a joint statement from Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and
Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy on today’s Supreme Court decision:
“Thanks to today’s decision, Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing all of our citizens’ equal rights.
The court has ruled today that when two Iowans promise to share their lives together, state law will respect that commitment, regardless of whether the couple is gay or straight.
“When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today’s events will be why it took us so long. It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency.”
What this means, I think, is that there’s no chance of a legislative move against the decision until at least after the 2010 elections, and we’ll have our work cut out for us to continue to send a progressive and forward thinking legislature to Des Moines in that election.
You can bet we’ll be doing everything we can to help this happen. One project I’m very proud of is our participation in To Love and to Cherish, an anthology of lesbian love stories at Sapphic Planet:
Love is universal. Marriage is… not. But it should be. It is a matter of civil rights and equal protection. The writers of SapphicPlanet and loveyoudivine joined forces to bring you diverse and heartfelt stories of the many forms of lesbian love and yes… marriage.
Cover art: Lara Zielinsky
Genre: Lesbian Romance
Release: August 2009
This project began in indignant response to the passage of Prop 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida, denying the civil right of marriage to same-sex couples. All proceeds will benefit Marriage Equality USA.
And of course we’ll continue our efforts to bring you exciting erotic stories with happy endings for our many Bi heroines who so deeply want it both ways.
Here’s to being part of Iowa history!
Be gentle, it’s our first time – our very own new blog to launch our brand new website!
Dee Shore has been working madly all week to create a total website overhaul and today is launch day, big time! Check out our new look, color coordinated to match the hot legs logo Cassidy McKay created for us a year ago. Simple to navigate, easy access to excerpts, reviews and buy links – we’re pumped.
We highly recommend Vintage Mermaid Graphics – Dee understands the marketing needs and budgets of e-pubbed authors. She was wonderful to work with. Comments are welcome, on her site or ours!
Lots of news!!
Our Swinging Games series at eXtasy launched March 15th with the first book, Swinging Games: Anticipation, a quick read available for just $1.59. Join happily married Jennifer and Brett Andrews as they set out to explore Jen’s newly discovered bisexuality in the rollercoaster world of swinging.
Next up – follow the antics of modern day Aphrodite Meg Keenan in Meghan’s Playhouse: Seducing Cat, April 1, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid. Unlike Jen, Meg has always known she’s Bi. The world is her apple, and she’s going to taste every bit of it and maybe spread some pleasure on the way.
Coming soon to a podcast near you! Penny Sansevieri has scheduled an early April taping to interview us for her Fascinating Authors Podcast – watch our blog or follow us on Twitter to find out when you can listen to it!
Both halves of Adriana love to try out new products – books, videos, toys, games – and we’ll update you on our favorites, right here at our blog.
Welcome to our world – comments invited, pop our blog cherry!