Monday, December 1, 2008

Marriage Equality in the Heartland?

On next Tuesday, December 9, the Iowa State Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case for marriage equality.

Some background on the case:

The debate over the future of Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act, a decade-old law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, comes after a ruling by a lower court judge last year.

Iowa District Court for Polk County Judge Robert Hanson ruled in August 2007 that the act violated the state constitutional rights of equal protection and due process. The ruling stood for less than 24 hours before a Polk County attorney filed an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.

In an interesting turn of events, only one couple was able to complete the process before marriage equality was put on hold pending appeal. The PFLAG National Blog profiled the couple back in August of this year. The future of their marriage status, and the future of marriage equality in Iowa hang in the balance of the state supreme court's ruling. Personally, I think it would be a great thing to have marriage equality come to the Midwest, and not simply be seen as only for the East and West coasts. Stay tuned to see the outcome of the December 9 arguments.

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