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April 3rd, 2009


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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.

Holy crap.
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From:chironcentaur
Date:April 3rd, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Well, their system seems to be set up the same way Massachusetts is. I lived there when gay marriage was first legalized and if the voters could have taken it away immediately like with Prop. 8 they would have. But by the time it got down to the last vote that would have put it on the ballot, we had been living with gay marriage for years and everyone got to see for themselves that it changes nothing and doesn't impact your life at all, so no one cared anymore. There is always the hope that will happen here as well.

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