April 3rd, 2009
|10:56 am - Same-sex marriage in the Midwest? Yep.|
It is astounding how happy an Iowa court case can make me.
"The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution." And, "All justices concur."
The best part of the Iowa Supreme Court ruling? They don't amend their constitution via majority rule at the polls. It would also need to pass the Iowa House and Senate twice before going to voters. "Such an amendment requires the votes of a simple majority in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate in two consecutive sessions, followed by a passing vote of the people of Iowa."
2012 is the earliest this decision could be overturned, and that's only if this current session were to vote on an amendment and pass it.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: ecstatic
Current Music: "I Love the Now", -JB
|Date:||April 4th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)|| |
Sadly, Michigan passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman, so now we'll likely be one of the last to reach the same level of civil liberties as places like Iowa and South Africa
|Date:||April 4th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)|| |
Very true, the one South African I've known personally was very socially liberal. Blame it on my being a university student in the 80's and taking part in protests about our university's investments there.
(Of course, you really should be defending Iowans as well, if you want to be truly fair. >8)