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Equality comes to Iowa

Post by Genocon on Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:17 pm

Iowa high court legalizes marriage

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third state — and the first in the nation's heartland — to allow same-sex couples to wed.

In its decision, the high court upheld a lower court's ruling that found a state law restricting marriage to between a man and woman violated Iowa's constitution.

"We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective," the Supreme Court wrote in its decision. "The Legislature has excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification."

I mean, it's IOWA! Who would have thought? Very Happy
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Post by TigersEyeDowsing on Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:36 pm

That news story is what made me realize we needed a "news" board. Very Happy
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Post by agnosticspirit on Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:56 pm

Just learned about this on the USNP board ---- the supreme court of Iowa used the 14th amendment as the basis for their decision... Great news! Let's see if I can figure out how to provide a link.... OK, I think this works...

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/iowas-high-court-approves-gay-marriage-2009-04-03.html
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Post by MaineCaptain on Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:45 pm

Isn't that fantastic!!!!!!!! Very Happy I hope everyone follows suit before some idiot decides to try and change the constitution Rolling Eyes
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Post by gillyflower on Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:11 pm

It is wonderful. See? Sometimes the news is good!
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Post by maya3 on Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:52 pm

YAY! cheers Very Happy

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Post by DotNotInOz on Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:51 pm

As if that weren't terrific enough, it will be a while before the opposition can bring about any change. My sister lives in Iowa and sent me this yesterday, "They are saying that it would take 2 years minimum to pass any constitutional amendment to stop the marriages. The leaders of our legislature are at the point where no new legislation can be submitted without suspending the rules. The Democrats who are in control say they have no plans to do so which means it would take at least 3 years to approve a constitutional amendment to stop the marriages."

That's icing on the cake, I'd say.
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Re: Equality comes to Iowa

Post by Mintie on Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:15 pm

Yay, welcome in 2009!

I really hope it isn't overturned...
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Post by DotNotInOz on Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:41 pm

Mintie wrote:Yay, welcome in 2009!

I really hope it isn't overturned...

I'm sure the far right is already mobilizing to do that, but Iowa has a lot of Democrats who largely favor gay marriage, my sister says. So, it could be a good while before it's overturned there.
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Post by TigersEyeDowsing on Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:25 pm

The Supreme Court is going to hear this, I'd think, sooner or later - and if I understand that, it'll be made legal/illegal for all 50 states, yes?
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Post by Genocon on Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:54 pm

TigersEyeDowsing wrote:The Supreme Court is going to hear this, I'd think, sooner or later - and if I understand that, it'll be made legal/illegal for all 50 states, yes?

Yes, theoretically the U.S. Supreme Court could strike down all marriage bans like they did with interracial marriage.

But I don't know if any cases are likely to be heard by them anytime soon. I actually kind of doubt they'd even agree to hear one.
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Re: Equality comes to Iowa

Post by Genocon on Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:49 pm

Now Vermont has joined the party!


BOSTON (Reuters) - Vermont lawmakers on Tuesday overrode a veto from
the governor in passing a bill that would allow same-sex marriage,
clearing the way for the state to become the fourth in the nation where
gay marriage is legal.



The Vermont House of Representatives passed the bill by a 100-49
vote after it cleared the state Senate 23-5 earlier in the day. In
Vermont, a bill needs two-thirds support in each chamber to override a
veto.

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Vermont is the first state to legalize marriage via the legislature! Beer
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Post by Genocon on Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:06 pm

It's spreading like wildfire! Washington DC has taken a big step:

The D.C. Council Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of
legislation recognizing same-sex marriages from other states as
marriage in the District — a move lauded by lawmakers as a step toward
legalizing gay marriage in the city. [...] Members also approved
separate legislation that recognizes relationships that are similar to
domestic partnerships in the District and have all “the rights and
responsibilities of marriage” in another jurisdiction.
Another provision in the legislation allows the mayor to certify
relationships that fall short of marriage as domestic partnerships in
the District.

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Re: Equality comes to Iowa

Post by Sakhaiva on Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:32 pm

and yet California is still flapping in the hot air.....

Has anyone else played with the prop 8 maps? http://www.eightmaps.com/

It shows where all the money came from. Think of how many homeless Focus on the Family could have helped with the cash they blew on this....
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Re: Equality comes to Iowa

Post by Lolkat on Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:43 pm

Yes! I'm proud of you Iowa! I still say Iowa is the most progressive state we've ever lived in! (And that was 25 years ago in the mid to late 1980's.)

Here's some good links to two NPR shows I listened to yesterday and today. The links probably won't 'translate' correctly here...but i bet they'll work if you copy and paste to your URL above. I think they are well worth listening to.


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102824676

The above link is Terry Gross interviewing Mel and Mike White yesterday about their Amazing Race TV show participation
and a few other (more important) topics (Mel is a Christian minister and was in the documentary movie For the
Bible Tells Me So
...and his son Mike writes for movies such as School for
Rock
). Both are gay.

http://wamu.org/programs/dr/09/04/08.php#25614

The above radio show is Diane Rehm talking today with her guests about gay rights and the very important legal reasons for having them in order to assure family rights. Of course, an evangelical law professor from Liberty University argues otherwise.....but this is one area (once again) where the majority stance of the Christian 'church' is dead wrong, and instead of being a leader on this issue, the church is being left behind while the rest of society leads the way to a morally higher ground. (I'm one of many Christians who believe in equal rights for all. Too bad the hierarchy keeps voting against it.) Love and peace all,


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