Iowa Supreme Court to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage Tomorrow
"A long awaited and significant Iowa Supreme Court case ruling on same-sex marriage will be released tomorrow, likely at 8:30 a.m. The case, Varnum vs. Brien, involves six same-sex Iowa couples who sued Polk County Recorder Timothy Brien in 2005, after his office denied them marriage licenses. Polk County District Judge Robert Hanson sided with the couples in a ruling last year, but he suspended his decision until the high court speaks. The case would have consequences outside the state's borders. Iowa would become the first Midwestern state to allow same-sex marriage and the fourth in the nation if the court sides with the gay couples. Legal experts say such a decision would echo across the country and strengthen the gay rights movement."
The Court heard arguments in the case on December 9 of last year. You can listen to them HERE.
Pictured above are Sean Fritz and Timothy McQuillan, the only same-sex couple in Iowa who managed to receive a license and get married before Hanson stayed his ruling at the county's request.