Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage

The Iowa Supreme Court says the state's same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making it the third state where gay marriage is legal.

In a unanimous ruling issued Friday, the court upheld a 2007 Polk ounty District Court judge's ruling that the law violated the state constitution.

The case stems from a 2005 lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, a New York-based gay rights organization. The group filed a lawsuit on behalf of six gay and lesbian Iowa couples who were denied marriage licenses.

The suit named then-Polk County recorder and registrar Timothy Brien.

The Polk County attorney's office claimed that Hanson's ruling violated the separation of powers and the issue should be left to the Legislature.
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  • by Big Mike Location: Gville on Apr 9, 2009 at 04:24 AM
    Hey Dave - the sentence you were looking for is "The people I associate with do not like homosexuality." I applaud your level of audacity, but maybe you should reevaluate what you consider to be the will of the people. More and more people are NOT thinking as you do every day.
  • by Scientist Location: Beaufort County on Apr 5, 2009 at 04:38 AM
    Wrong Dave, homosexuals are born that way, amd God did create all people.Check your facts.Homosexuals are not bad people. This is not about a lifestyle choice. Maybe the will of the people is finally coming through?
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Apr 4, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    This is actually a good thing. Everytime a court decides against the will of the people it makes it that much more likely that a Constitutional Amendment is forth coming and that much more likely other states will follow suit. People do not like homosexuality. That is a plain and simple fact. You are not "born" that way or a product of God, you are someone who can not control devient sexual impulses.
  • by Brad Location: Winterville on Apr 4, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    Alpha-Before the election you stated on this site, WITN (check your records since you refuse to post this), that when obama won the election, you were going to your gay friends' house and have an obama victory party. Any comments?
  • by John on Apr 4, 2009 at 12:11 AM
    Hey guys... I used to hate gay people too. That was when I was in middle school. Grow up, and quit crying... YOUR church does not dictate the decisions of OUR government, nor should it.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 3, 2009 at 10:52 PM
    I would rather my black son come home with a white woman then another black man! ...I would rather my son come home with a female seeing eye dog than a man of any color! ...I would rather pluck my own eyes out with a rusty fork before I see my children with the same sex partners. ...I would rather hire Vinny and Mario to "take care" of my kids before I see them with the same sex. ...I would rather smoke dynamite.. before I see my daughter kiss a girl. ... If my kids are gay.. they will hide it until I DIE!!!
  • by Dave Location: Anywhere you want on Apr 3, 2009 at 10:20 PM
    As I recall, Cain and Abel had sex with one another and GOD CREATED THEM!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 at 08:19 PM
    Dave, God never created any one as gay, it is a life style not a fact of life. Gays will never be excepted as normal. So gays will just have to live with that fact. Some day maybe they will just go away hopefully.
  • by Dave Location: Right Here Right Now on Apr 3, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    Why should God punish gay people? He is the one who created them!
  • by Fruit Loop on Apr 3, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    This is so discriminating against gay people like me.
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