Monday, December 8, 2008

History in the Heartland

On Tuesday morning, beginning at 10am CT, PFLAGers can watch history unfold - live - as the Iowa Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that could bring marriage equality to the heartland. Six Iowa couples are asking the court to recognize their relationships by affirming the right of lesbian and gay couples to marry.

"The case, Varnum v. Brien, could make Iowa the first state in the Midwest to legalize gay marriage," University of Iowa law professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig told USA Today.

"This is the heartland of America — a place where family values are revered," says Onwuachi-Willig, who signed a court brief supporting gay-marriage rights. "It would be an incredibly strong signal for the Iowa Supreme Court to find that same-sex marriages are legal."

The lawsuit includes David Twombley and Larry Hoch, pictured, who are a couple from Urbandale, Iowa, who say they would like to marry after nearly eight years together, the paper reports.

PFLAGers are invited to watch the hearings live, beginning at 10am local time tomorrow, by visiting the Iowa Supreme Court website, or the Des Moines Register online. Both sites will broadcast the hearing as it happens.

And PFLAG supporters in Iowa are invited to several events hosted by One Iowa, the Iowa LGBT statewide group. One Iowa will be hosting Tuesday watch parties at the Des Moines Public Library (1000 Grand Avenue) . . . a party at Iowa State Memorial Union (2229 Lincoln Way) . . . and at Iowa City Public Library (123 South Linn). And from 6-8pm on Tuesday evening, supporters are invited to the "Making the Case" reception, celebrating the historic hearing, at the Pappajohn Center at 1200 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

For more information on the Varnum case, and marriage equality in Iowa, visit One Iowa online . . . and don't forget to tune in on Tuesday mroning for live coverage of these historic hearings.

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