What a wonderful feeling it is to see so many energized and loving GLBT supports. There is nothing like knowing we are all there for the same reason; it quickly made me realize I am not alone on this quest for equality.
When I first arrived at the Capitol I was one of maybe thirty, which was nice because it allowed me to be front and center. I was welcomed by warm smiles and rainbow colored signs. Within 10 minutes, every hallway leading to the House Chamber was packed with supporters and equality signs filled the air. Security quickly started making narrow pathways for the House members to walk through. Those pathways were why we were there; we wanted to see the House members before they entered the Chamber. We wanted them to see us, hear us and feel our presence; and I can happily say they did.
As soon as a House member was spotted the chants began:Gay, Straight, Black, White Marriage is a Civil Right Gay, Straight, Black, White Marriage is a Civil Right
The crowd got louder as each member grew closer. You didn’t have to actually see the House member to know where he/she was because the noise walked with them. As the noise got closer to me, I got louder; and before I knew it I was pumping my fist in the air screaming:
Gay, Straight, Black, White Marriage is a Civil Right
I felt like I was back in High School at the Homecoming pep rally, preparing my team for a victory. The chants kept going until Senator Dibble made his way to the crowd and once he was spotted the chant quickly changed to:Dibble Dibble Dibble Dibble
Everyone quickly stepped forward in hopes of getting a glimpse of him. I was lucky enough to actually see him make is way down the hallway, he was grinning from ear to ear. Just seeing his face light up was worth my trip to the Capitol; it was sending him the message of hope, a message that he was not alone.
The House members and Senators continued to make their way down the pathway and we continued to chant. A highlight was when some of the House and Senate members stayed out in the hallway with us. They worked the crowd, chanting with us, waving their hands in the air. It was nice to know they are working for us, they supported us.
After an hour the members stopped coming down the pathway and the crowd slowly dispersed; the rally was coming to an end. As I was about to leave I spotted this couple in what was left of the crowd; they were holding a copy of their Iowa Marriage Certificate. I left hoping my presence made a difference and that change was soon to follow.