Bil Browning

Iowa court rules in favor of marriage equality

Filed By Bil Browning | August 30, 2007 6:13 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: civil marriage equality, court ruling, Iowa, lawsuit, marriage

A trial court in Iowa released a 63 page decision today that said same-sex couples must be allowed to marry based on the Iowa Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment under the law. This ruling overturns Iowa's Defense of Marriage law as unconstitutional. (And anyone wonders why the right wingers want Constitutional amendments? If your law is unconstitutional, make sure it's written into the constitution - then you can trump normal civil rights laws!)

A Polk County judge on Thursday struck down Iowa's law banning gay marriage.

The ruling by Judge Robert Hanson concluded that the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and he ordered the Polk County recorder to issue marriage licenses to six gay couples.

County Attorney John Sarcone said the county would immediately seek a stay from Hanson, which if granted would prevent anyone from seeking a marriage license until an appeal could be heard.

The case will be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court, which could refer it to the Iowa Court of Appeals, consider the case itself or decide not to hear the case.

What do you think the result will be after it goes to the Iowa Supreme Court? Will Iowa be the next Massachusetts?

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