Equal Rights Fights

Iowa Supreme Court: Gay Marriage Decision TOMORROW


Same story, different state. The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to rule tomorrow at 8:30am on Varnum vs. Brien, where six same-sex couples sued a county recorder over his refusal to issue them marriage licenses. “The case would have consequences outside the state’s borders,” adds the Des Moines Register. “Iowa would become the first Midwestern state to allow same-sex marriage and the fourth in the nation if the court sides with the gay couples. … Iowa law says marriage can only be between one man and one woman, which is the law being challenged. Some Iowa lawmakers, mostly Republicans, attempted last year to begin a constitutional amendment process to specifically prohibit same-sex marriage. Democratic leaders declined to move forward with the idea, saying they wanted to wait to see what the court decides. If the court tosses the issue back into the hands of the Iowa Legislature, there are only about two weeks or so left in this session. Openly gay state Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, said he doubts lawmakers would take any action on gay marriage this late.”

Anyone else surprised (but not really) that the Prop 8 battle in California got so much attention, while Iowa possibly legalizing gay marriage tomorrow has not?