Gay marriage ... in Iowa

Gay marriage ... in Iowa

If this had happened two days ago, we'd have written it off as an April Fool's Day prank, but no, it's true: Iowa has become the third state to legalize same-sex marriage.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's gay marriage ban on Friday, making Iowa the third state where same-sex couples can tie the knot.

In its decision, the court upheld a 2007 district court judge's ruling that the law violates the state constitution. It strikes the language from Iowa code limiting marriage to only between a man a woman.

"The court reaffirmed that a statute inconsistent with the Iowa constitution must be declared void even though it may be supported by strong and deep-seated traditional beliefs and popular opinion," said a summary of the ruling issued by the court.

If the midwest can embrace gay marriage, surely the tide has turned. I expect to see gay marriage legalized on the federal level as a civil rights issue sometime within the next two years.

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