Judge Halts Ruling Ahead of Appeal

Iowa Gay Nups on Hold

There’s been a change of judicial fortune in Iowa. After ruling that gay nuptials are, in fact, legal, Judge Robert Hanson put his historic order on hold.

…Hanson temporarily cleared the way for same-sex couples across the state to apply for marriage licenses in the county when he ruled Thursday that Iowa’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed marriage only between a man and a woman, violated the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection of six gay couples who had sued.

County attorney John Sarcone promised a quick appeal and asked Hanson to stay his ruling until that appeal was resolved.

About twenty couples managed to tie the knot before Hanson told the city to stop issuing marriage licenses.

Anti-gay politicos used the historic indecision to remind voters that the state needs an amendment against gay marriage. Republican Rep. Christopher Rants ranted, “I can’t believe this is happening in Iowa. I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January.” You do that, Chris…