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Iowa Public Television Explores Iowa’s Marriage Battleground in Special Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

June 17, 2011

(Johnston, Iowa)  -- On Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m., Iowa Public Television examines the issues surrounding the same-sex marriage issue in Iowa in a new special, Iowa’s Marriage Battlegound.

This program looks at the legalization of same-sex marriage in Iowa and how it’s fueled a debate about the future of Iowa’s constitution, the justices who serve on the highest court, and the definitions of marriage, family, and civil rights.

The program will include stories from the series In the Life, as well as interviews with local experts on both sides of the issue.


  • Bob Vander Plaats is president and CEO of the Family Leader which encompasses the activities of the Iowa Family Policy Center and Marriage Matters.
  • Tamara Scott is the state director for Concerned Women of America. Scott is also host of an internet show called "Truth for Our Times" and serves on the United States Commission on Civil Rights State Advisory Committee. 
  • Senator Matt McCoy (D), is serving his fifth term in the Iowa Senate, after serving two terms in the Iowa House. He represents Senate District 31, which includes the south, southwestern, and western portions of Des Moines.  McCoy is also a board member for One Iowa, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization.
  • Connie Ryan Terrell is executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and a board member of One Iowa.


Iowa’s Marriage Battleground airs Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television, and will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. on IPTV WORLD.

For more information about this series, contact Iowa Public Television at 515-242-3146.


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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.5 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS, and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception, and more can be found at www.iptv.org

For immediate release:
June 17, 2011

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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