Prominent Iowa Marriage Equality Defender -- One Iowa E.D. Troy Price -- Joins Obama Campaign

Posted by Chris Geidner
February 15, 2012 4:00 PM |

troy.jpgIn an email to One iowa's supporters, outgoing executive director Troy Price announced that he was leaving the organization to work for President Obama's reelection:

I am writing to you today with mixed emotions to announce my departure from One Iowa. I have been offered and accepted a position as Political Director with the Obama for America campaign. This was not an easy decision, or one that I made lightly, but I could not turn down the opportunity to help re-elect the President and move our country forward.

The Obama campaign confirmed to Metro Weekly that Price would be working on the campaign in Iowa.

Of note in his goodbye email was his mention of the ongoing effort to preserve marriage equality in the state. He wrote, "We have a great plan to preserve equality, led by our new Why Marriage Matters Iowa campaign."

Obama opposed marriage equality in the 2008 campaign. He said in December 2010 that his position on marriage equality was "evolving" but that he still "struggle[s]" with it. His White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said this past week of Obama's position, "You know his position, where it stands now, on the issue of same-sex marriage, so I really don't have much to add on that."

Obama, Carney said, opposes "divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples" -- which would appear to include efforts, thus far unsuccessful, to overturn marriage equality in Iowa by constitutional amendment.


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