Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What is hip?

"The marriage institution cannot exist among slaves, and one sixth of the population of democratic America is denied its privileges by the law of the land. What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of its humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders three millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage?" ― Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom, 1855

IF YOU SUBSTITUTED the word "homosexuals" for "slaves" and didn't know when or by whom the fervent appeal above was written, you could easily suppose it to be contemporary.

With the election last Tuesday, nine states and Washington DC have now legalized same-sex marriage. When I look at the map of the United States published by the New York Times, designating the status of each state on the issue, I'm proud to see that Iowa is a bastion of equality smack dab in the middle the sea of prejudice surrounding it. Yay, Iowa

Check out the age breakdown below the map. For a state whose demographic definitely skews toward elderly, we remain young at heart, mind and soul. I'm just going to come right out and say it: we're hip!

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