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Iowa is Going to Beat Us? Seriously?


Published April 3, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.

The Iowa Supreme Court has ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriages. This morning, the court upheld a lower court's 2007 ruling calling the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. That means gay Iowans will be able to marry soon — sounds like maybe by the end of the month.

But wait, what about civil unions? Couldn't Iowa just give gays civil unions instead of marriage?

Here's what Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady had to say about it, from an article in the Des Moines Register:

Iowa’s gay marriage ban “is unconstitutional, because the county hasbeen unable to identify a constitutionally adequate justification forexcluding plaintiffs from the institution of civil marriage,” Cadywrote in the 69-page opinion that seemed to dismiss the concept ofcivil unions as an option for gay couples.

“A new distinctionbased on sexual orientation would be equally suspect and difficult tosquare with the fundamental principles of equal protection embodied inour constitution,” Cady wrote.

Are we really going to let these Midwestern cornhuskers beat us to the punch? This seems like a matter of pride to me. C'mon, Vermonters. Think about our reputation!