When asked if he would co-sponsor a bill which would amend Iowa's constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal responded like this:
I really love that this man, who is in a position of leadership, is able to think about and care about a group of people that he doesn't himself belong to. I also wholeheartedly believe that this idea of tolerance and love, and recognizing as valid the way that others innately love will only expand the love of all those involved in that transaction. As this Senator said.. he hugged his wife and it meant something more.. his love had been expanded, and because of it, his attachments became more meaningful and powerful. I've always said that all those parents who refuse to let their gay children come home, or bring their partners home would be SHOCKED by the overwhelming love they would feel if they would just say "YES". Please come home. We love you. We will love your partner. I think they would be extremely surprised by what a change would take place inside of their bodies. Instead of upholding a principle, they would be showing LOVE to another being of light. My philosophy has always been people over principles. Furthermore, love always expands the soul of he or she who bears it. Its a universal law. Other ways of treating people are more risky.
In any case, Meredith Willson had it right when he wrote: "You really ought to give Iowa a try!"