Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Gay Marriage Controversy In Iowa

As Iowa's Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in a gay marriage case, the Iowa Independent offers an extensive look into the ongoing legal and political struggle over gay rights in the state:
Because of the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, Iowans are no strangers to national media attention, power struggles of special interest groups and hot-button debates. In nearly any diner throughout the state, conversations on ethanol subsidies, the decline of Main Street and foreign policy are more commonplace than not.

The state’s next turn in the national spotlight begins on Tuesday, Dec. 9, when the state Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage.

The legal drama has been three years in the making. In December 2005, the gay rights group Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of six same-sex couples who sought the right to marry in Iowa. The suit was later amended to include three children whose parents were plaintiffs. The lawsuit argued that it would be unlawful to ban same-sex couples from marriage based on the equal protection and due process guarantees of the Iowa constitution. The state’s Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1998 by a 40-9 margin in the Senate and an 89-10 margin in the House, defines marriage as being solely between a man and a woman.

Continue reading.

The DI will be offering the state Supreme Court advice on how to rule in next Monday's paper. Exactly what our editorial will advocate might surprise you--so stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Marriage has it's roots in the church. End the notion of a "marriage license" it's a conflict of church and state. If, because it's webbed in our society so strongly, we need to have "unions" or some other item we pay a nice fee to the state so we can file a joint tax return and save some trees, fine. If church wants to define marriage between man and woman, woman and woman (that's hot so long as they're both supermodels with nice tits), or man and dog, that's fine. State shouldn't dictate to church nor should church dictate to state.

Case closed. Happy to solve the problem for you, though i'm not arrogant enough to think I'm the first to think of it or smart enough to have good grammar.


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