Friday, April 3, 2009

Breaking News: Iowa Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality!

Some great news this morning from Iowa. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled today in favor of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples!

In a unanimous ruling, the court has opened up the state to mariage equality, according to The Des Moines Register this morning. The paper reports:

“'The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution,' the justices said in a summary of their decision...The court rules that gay marriage would be legal in three weeks, starting April 24."

Gay and lesbians couples, as well as straight allies, were elated with the ruling in favor of equality. Some of the reactions included:

Democratic Sen. Matt McCoy of Des Moines, who is openly gay, told The Des Moines Regsiter, “I’m off the wall... I’m very pleased to be an Iowan.”

"Shelley Wolfe, 38, and Melisa Keeton, 31, who is 21 weeks pregnant, had gone through a commitment ceremony two years ago. Their marriage certificate was among the 26 that were put on hold... Keeton said: 'We're going to make it legal.' The women planned to call their pastor and have him meet them at the courthouse to request a waiver of the three-day waiting period so that can be wed today. "

PFLAG National will release our reaction to the ruling later today, so stay tuned for that and other updates from Iowa - now the third state in the union with complete marriage equality. To all LGBT people and our straight allies in Iowa who have worked so hard for this day: congratulations!

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