Friday, April 03, 2009

Gay marriage legal in Iowa

Who woulda thought? Iowa of all states. H/T to Pharyngula

Iowa high court strikes down same-sex marriage ban

The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a state law Friday that banned same-sex marriage.

Iowa becomes the third state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, after Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Friday’s decision upheld a 2007 ruling by a lower court that Iowa’s 1998 law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples went against the state’s constitution. It becomes effective in 21 days.

“This is a great day for civil rights in Iowa,” said attorney Dennis Johnson, a co-counsel with Lambda Legal, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of six same-sex couples seeking to marry in Iowa. “Go get married. Live happily ever after,” he said at a news conference where there was loud clapping among plaintiffs.


Anonymous said...

Iowa Supreme Court said gay-YES!
See the actual video.

Poodles said...

My lesbian friend and I celebrated this at work today with mexican food!

Stardust said...

I'm just amazed that Iowa is more open-minded than California. Who woulda thought!

Loridae said...

This is just fantastic! We have been waiting a long time for this. Never could understand why people really care. A homosexual couple make a pledge to each other and this affects the world at large HOW? But again, Christians don't want to just run their own pathetic little lives, they want the power to run everyone's life. It's God given apparently. I have many family and friends who have lived through the Gay dark times. It's about time we saw the light!

Stardust said...

Hi Loridae! Good to see you again.

You are exactly right. A gay couple making a commitment to one another is going to happen with our without a legal document, and either way it doesn't change anything in my life r anyone else's. It just makes their lives a bit easier with all the legal things like medical stuff, inheritance, and whatnot.