DES MOINES — Iowa became the first state in the Midwest to approve same-sex marriage on Friday, after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided that a 1998 law limiting marriage to a man and a woman was unconstitutional. The decision was the culmination of a four-year legal battle that began in the lower courts. The Supreme Court said same-sex marriages could begin in Iowa in as soon as 21 days.
“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.”
TPJ: Wow!! What a great piece of news!! It seems like the snowball of states legalizing same-sex marriage is growing momentum and hopefully soon will be unstoppable. History is on our side and if we can over come slavery then WE WILL overcome the ugly discrimination of denying marriage and other rights to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.
I must say that I'm pleasantly surprised by Iowa being the first midwestern state to approve same-sex marriage. I thought it would have been Illinois or Minnesota but Iowa is really becoming known as a progressive state with giving the big caucus victory to Obama and now this. I just really love the midwest--my parents and many aunts and uncles are from there and many still live there.
I am always inspired by the midwestern values of fairness, decency and reason. Yes there are many other areas of the country with the same values but the midwest will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks Iowa for standing up for what is right, just and in keeping with the American narrative laid out by our founders that everyone deserves the right to pursue happiness as they see it.
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