Iowa Supreme Court to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage Tomorrow

The Des Moines Register reports:

"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.


  1. Brian says

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

  2. samwise says


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

  3. Bruno says

    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.

  4. TWinter says

    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.

  5. Steve says

    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!