The state of Iowa, which I happen to reside in, has become the third (technically fourth, but it’s presently illegal in the state of California) state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage.
Not civil unions, but same-sex marriage.
The Iowa Supreme Court voted unanimously to uphold same-sex couples’ right to marry due to the fact that it violates the equal protection clause in the Iowa Constitution. This is the result of a judge in Polk County, where the state capital of Des Moines is located, ruling last year that the gay marriage ban was unconstitutional and allowing gay marriage to occur in that county for 22 hours.
Iowa is also the first state in the midwest to legalize gay marriage.
I’ll admit, I’m actually proud to be from Iowa now. I feel giddy from this because this is so incredible.
Marriages will be allowed to begin occurring in three weeks.
“Iowa Supreme Court upholds Hanson’s ruling; marriage no longer limited to one man, one woman” (Des Moines Register)
“Same-sex marriage now legal in Iowa” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)