Friday, April 3, 2009

IOWA LEGALIZES GAY MARRIAGE!

The Iowa Supreme Court has unanimously voted to support gay marriage, making Iowa the third state in the country and first state in the midwest to have legal gay marriage. Information is hard to access as the site is down because of the number of hits, if it loads the opinion is available at the Iowa Supreme Court Website.



Iowa state law does not require couples who marry within the state to be Iowa residents, so out of state couples will be allowed to receive a marriage license.

Opponents of gay marriage would have to amend the state constitution in order to eliminate this newly given right. If the 2010 legislature endorses the idea, November 2012 would be the earliest that Iowans could vote on any possible constitutional amendment.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

HURRAY!! We love you Iowa! You're a beacon of freedom! May your light shine down on benighted Michigan and Wisconsin and set the rest of us FREE!

Queers United said...

this is insane, and amazing!

Disgusted American said...

Interesting how a country (OUR COUNTRY) ..constantly BOASTS about Freedom this,and Freedom that..."Liberty & Justice for All" blah blah blah.....EMPTY Meaningless words..that mean SQUAT!

STOP calingl it GAY MARRIAGE - It's Marriage EQUALITY
STOP calling it SAME SEX MARRIAGE - We do NOT call hetero Marriage "Opposite Sex Marriage"

If you don't like Marriage Equality - then DON'T marry someone of the same sex
NO Religion will be forced to Marry anyone they deem "unworthy"
NO Religion will be Locked up or Fined for speaking out against LGBT people - tho Tony Perkins and the AFA WILL LIE and say otherwise(even tho that's something Jesus would NEVER do..IF he ever existed)

America - LIVE UP TO YOUR Constant spread of LIES about Personal Freedoms..Either we are ALL Free, or NONE of us are!

When in America has the Public EVER gotten to VOTE on any other Minority Rights? THEY HAVEN'T!
When in America was Religion USED to FIGHT Equality for Blacks,Women etc etc......TOO MANY TIMES to COUNT!!!

Kajivar said...

Go Iowa! Way to show everyone the midwest is living in the 21st century!

T. R Xands said...

Ahh, marriage equality. Always something nice to wake up to.

Anonymous said...

Holy sh-t... it this a late april fools?!

Natrinicle said...

Yay! Only a matter of time before all the states allow us to marry!

Queers United said...

I still can't stop saying. Iowa legalized it, IOWA, omg, this is HUGE. This is not the place you think of San Francisco values. This is Iowa, good ole family values America.

Kate said...

Go IOWA.

Great news

Jude said...

BRAVO to Heartland USA!

Could this be the tipping point? Let's hope so.

David said...

Let us hope and act towards making sure this lasts and spreads; such that living a life that is true to oneself no longer warrants discrimination and prejudice.

Diane J Standiford said...

Iowa never fails to amaze me. Wow.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Wept...............

Anonymous said...

@Anoymous... Yes, Jesus wept TEARS OF JOY; that his followers are finally getting what it means to live following his values of love and compassion!

Anonymous said...

What's next Legalizing sodomy in the Boy Scouts? My God how far we have drifted away from truth. God smite this land! Shame on us!!!

"I Do" said...

Anonymous 1: I will refer to you as "Judas". And Jesus weeps for you. "Smite this land".. "legalize sodomy in boy scouts"... And who's truth are you talking about? Shame on you for your hatred, unkind, mindless thoughts! It is your free will and choice to stand in judgment, but do not stand behind God. For if you truly believe in Jesus and his teachings he would be weeping more for you, and for your arrogance and aggressions. This world is full of enough hatred, murders, rapists, child molesters, which statically would be a heterosexual and some married. Clean up your divorce rates, homes, churches and prisons. And then stand in judgment of who I choose to commit my love/life too. If you truly believe, there are many more pressing issue to take to Jesus. Let other people live, love as they choose to "Judas". I'm certain Jesus still loves you.

allanrbrts said...

Guys there is a great LGBT civil rights organization called the Empowering Spirits Foundation. They are very creative in how they approach this hot topic issue of gay marriage, in that they engage in service oriented activities in communities typically opposed to equal rights to foster thought and change for LGBT equality.

A friend of mine told me about it and I thought it was a great, positive approach to the issue. We had so much fun at the last event and it was great to give back to the community. Plus it was great to converse with others on the other side of the table in a way that wasn't confrontational.

Anyway, this can be such a heated issue and I thought this was a unique approach.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Empowering-Spirits-Foundation/49288966338

Anonymous said...

I-35 will always be the best thing to come out of Iowa.

Anonymous said...

I never thought it would happen right here in the Heartland...it's not like we're on one of the coasts!

I, though not for the 1st time, am ashamed to be an Iowan. It really isn't fair that a decision that important was made without even asking the people who reside here what they think about it. Talk about taxation without representation!!!

And before you ask, yes, I'm a Christian. That, and that alone gives me the power to forgive the idiots who made this decision and all the sinners who will take advantage of it, desperately grasping at anything that will make their sin seem right.

You need to remember, though, that same sex marriage is like abortion: just because a nation ruled by sinners says that it is ok doesn't mean that God says it is.

American Marriage Ministries said...

Some of the commenters expressed it well. This is about equality more than anything else. I was really surprised when I first heard about Iowa recognizing same-sex marriage, the trend is going in the right direction.

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