CNN -- An Iowa district court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples can marry based on the state constitution's guarantee of equal treatment, court documents show. The ruling was in response to a December lawsuit brought by six same-sex couples seeking to wed. They were denied marriage licenses and claimed such treatment violates equal-protection and due-process clauses in the Iowa constitution. The court also struck down a state law declaring valid marriages are only between a man and woman.
Iowa Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage
Iowa's top court brings gay marriage to America's heartland - de-co.info
On June 26, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that all gay couples nationwide have the constitutional right to marry in every state! And with marriage equality for all, that means that all 13 states that previously upheld bans on gay marriage have now been legally enforced to reverse them. It's been a little more than 11 years since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. And before today, 36 other states as well as the District of Columbia followed suit, striking down bans on same-sex marriage and awarding gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.
Iowa: 'The Gay Marriage Mecca'?
Varnum v. Brien , N. The case had the effect of legally recognizing same-sex marriage in Iowa. In , a lower court had granted summary judgment in favor of six same-sex couples who sued Timothy Brien, Polk County Recorder, for refusing to grant them marriage licenses.
The unanimous decision makes Iowa the first Midwestern state to legalize gay marriage, which is also permitted in Massachusetts and Connecticut. During a hearing last month, a majority of the California court appeared ready to uphold the ballot measure. The Legislature has excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification. Foes vowed to fight it. Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Legislature must first vote for an amendment in two consecutive sessions.