Iowa Supreme Court Declares Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
Dear Iowa, You Make Us Proud!
According to the New York Times, Iowa has become just the third state in the nation to approve same-sex marriage. The decision came down today when the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a 1998 law prohibiting gay marriage was unconstitutional.
From the New York Times:
“The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution,” the justices said in a summary of their decision.
And later in the ruling, they said: “Equal protection under the Iowa Constitution is essentially a direction that all persons similarly situated should be treated alike. Since territorial times, Iowa has given meaning to this constitutional provision, striking blows to slavery and segregation, and recognizing women’s rights. The court found the issue of same-sex marriage comes to it with the same importance as the landmark cases of the past.”
Read the complete story here.
And from the Chicago Tribune:
Bryan English, a spokesman for the Iowa Family Policy Center, which opposes same-sex marriage, said many Iowans are disappointed with the ruling.
“I would say the mood is one of mourning right now in a lot of ways,” English said.
Yes, if you don't count all that jubilation!
Iowa is now officially more progressive than California.
Take THAT, California!
And to think, we launched the national campaign of Barack Obama, too!
Is there nothing we can't do? We have the power!