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Iowa Supreme Court to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage Tomorrow

The Des Moines Register reports:

Iowa "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.

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  1. Fingers crossed. But still a long road to go because the Governor is just like the President. They are both anti gay marriage.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 2, 2009 12:03:24 PM

  2. @brian

    Unsure about how things in Iowa work... but how exactly would the governor be able to affect a state supreme court ruling??...

    Posted by: samwise | Apr 2, 2009 1:52:54 PM

  3. he can block a constitutional amendment.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 2, 2009 2:32:36 PM

  4. Time to call the governor then!

    Posted by: | Apr 2, 2009 2:34:50 PM

  5. Is there a governor of any state that ISN'T anti-SSM? Only states where it's not quite imminent an issue yet like NJ & NY it seems.

    Posted by: Bruno | Apr 2, 2009 4:23:53 PM

  6. No need to bother the governor just yet.

    The Iowa constitution is really hard to change. If the state supreme court rules in our favor it would be 2012 at the very earliest that they could get an amendment passed. And lots of stuff has to happen for them to do it by 2012.

    Posted by: TWinter | Apr 2, 2009 4:28:10 PM

  7. Kudos to Iowa for support of American founding principals of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for consenting adults. You outpace and embarass southern states including where I reside. You will prosper and flourish with your support of human rights and true democracy. Loving, caring, working, and tax paying adults in a committed relationship are the backbone and muscle of this nation. Patriotic Americans salute you!

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 27, 2009 9:46:04 PM

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