Reverend Jim Shirbroun, campus minister of the Wesley Foundation, lights candles for the Silent Vigil for LGBT Rights held on Wednesday. Photo: Manfred Strait/Iowa State Daily
Members of AAS attended a candlelight vigil to protest Proposition 8 organized by Chris Hockley of the Wesley Foundation on November 12.
The subject of same sex marriage can ultimately be boiled down to a separation of church and state issue, because arguments against same sex marriage are based on religious beliefs. Any laws to the contrary violate the first amendment.
However, the vigil, and the discussions that AAS members had about same sex marriage, are about more than legal distinctions. We feel compelled to speak out against those who refuse to learn from the past, those who aim to legalize bigotry and discriminiation.
In response to the many rights-removing amendments and initiatives that passed across America on November 5, the Wesley Student Center of the Collegiate United Methodist Church has organized a silent vigil. It will take place on November 12 at 5:30pm around Lake LaVerne near the Memorial Union.
Let’s show the people in California and Florida that we, in Iowa, can move past bigotry and fear to support equal rights for everyone. Gay and straight, Christian and atheist, we can work together to make the world a better place. Invite your friends!
You can find the Facebook event here.