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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: Iowa Supreme Court and the case for equal marriage rights

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral
arguments in the case of Varnum vs. Brien. In August of 2007 Polk
County District Judge Robert Hanson ruled in that case in favor of gay
couples seeking to marry. He determined that the statute that
prevents them from marrying, Iowa 535.2, which states in part: "Only a
marriage between a male and female is valid," violates the Iowa State
Constitution. Hanson then issued stay of execution of his order, but
not before one couple had legally obtained a marriage license and
gotten married. Continue on as I try to explain what might happen if
the Supreme Court upholds Hanson's decision, his logic contained in
the ruling, and give some interesting exerpts from the ruling itself.

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