Thursday, April 2, 2009

Update: Eyes on Iowa

An Iowa Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality is likely to be issued tomrrow morning (Friday, April 3rd, 2009).

Several months ago I blogged about the case going before the Iowa Supreme Court. Six Iowa couples are asking the court to recognize their relationships by affirming the right of lesbian and gay couples to marry. And now, The Des Moines Register is reporting that a ruling is expected tomorrow morning.

"The case, Varnum vs. Brien, involves six same-sex Iowa couples who sued Polk County Recorder Timothy Brien in 2005 after his office denied them marriage licenses. Polk County Judge Robert Hanson sided with the couples last year but then suspended his decision pending a high court ruling."

Richard Socarides, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton on gay civil rights, told The Des Moines Register "Iowa could set the stage for other states."
Socarides was was a senior political assistant for Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin in the early 1990s. “I think it’s significant because Iowa is considered a Midwest sate in the mainstream of American thought,” Socarides said. “Unlike states on the coasts, there’s nothing more American than Iowa. As they say during the presidential caucuses, ‘As Iowa Goes, so goes the nation.’”

Is marriage equality coming to the heartland? We will post information as it becomes available, so stay tuned! And in the meantime, you can read the complete story here.

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