Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Law360, New York (April 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Iowa Supreme Court issued a strong statement Friday supporting the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, declaring in a unanimous ruling that a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman violated the Iowa Constitution's equal protection clause.

The ruling strikes a 1998 amendment to the Iowa marriage statute restricting the definition of marriage to heterosexual couples, affirming earlier rulings from state district and appeals courts that found a county's decision to refuse marriage licenses for six same-sex couples violated the couples'...
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