STORIES: Cindy and her daughter Erin

A Special Mother’s Day Message

As any mother knows, we do whatever we can to support our children and let them know how much they are loved. As a mother, I want what’s best for my children. For my daughter, that day came on April 3, 2009, when the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously extended the freedom to marry to loving, committed gay and lesbian couples. I was overjoyed!

This meant I could finally see my daughter Erin marry Rachel, her partner of 12 years. My son is happily married to his wife, and in April 2009 that freedom was finally extended to my daughter. We celebrated as a family and I’ve carried that happiness and pride in my heart ever since. When we all gather for holidays, Erin and Rachel bring their two beautiful children and I love the feeling of having a house full of my children and grandchildren.

I want to see Erin healthy, happy and safe. Throughout her relationship and marriage to Rachel, I have seen my daughter grow and thrive. She is in love and they are raising a beautiful family together with their two children. It’s such a joy for my grandchildren to be able to say their two moms are married.

After appreciating this beautiful Mother’s Day, I’d like you to join me and my husband Ed in supporting all families. One Iowa is working tirelessly across the state to make sure marriage equality remains the law of the land. As a mother, I am grateful for their efforts on behalf of my family.

Cindy McConnell
Proud Mom and Grandmother

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