Friday, April 3, 2009

O Ya Got Trouble - Gay Marriage in Iowa

Mandated by the Iowa Supreme Court today. From the Des Moines Register:
The Iowa Supreme Court this morning unanimously upheld gays’ right to marry.

“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.
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The court affirmed a Polk County District Court decision that would allow six gay couples to marry.

The ruling is viewed as a victory for the gay rights movement in Iowa and elsewhere, and a setback for social conservatives who wanted to protect traditional families.

The decision makes Iowa the first Midwestern state, and the fourth nationwide, to allow same-sex marriages. Lawyers for Lambda Legal, a gay rights group that financed the court battle and represented the couples, had hoped to use a court victory to demonstrate acceptance of same-sex marriage in heartland America.

A court victory hardly demonstrates "acceptance of same-sex marriage in heartland America". A court victory didn't even demonstrate acceptance of same-sex marriage in California.