Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. Marriage licenses became available to same-sex couples on April Insix same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Iowa filed a lawsuit in Polk County.
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Iowa began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on April 27, following a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Courtmaking Iowa the fourth U. Same-sex couples may also adopt, and state laws ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Prior to European settlement of Iowa in the early 19th century, several Native American tribes inhabited the region.
Advertisement Close X. Conservative Iowa lawmakers are advancing a bill that would change the long-standing way judges are selected in the state. Critics of the legislationintroduced in early February, say it is motivated by displeasure over state courts blocking abortion and same-sex marriage bans.
On Sunday, members of the church voted to not amend their church constitution to allow priests to marry same-sex couples. D erek Harmon, who grew up in the church, recently expressed his intention to marry his partner at Salem. That's been our strength.
The chance was fleeting. After four hours, Robert B. Hanson, the same county judge who had deemed the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, delayed further granting of licenses until the Iowa Supreme Court decided whether to consider an appeal.
Iowa's supreme court legalised gay marriage today in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third US state and the first in the country's heartland to allow same-sex couples to wed. The mid-western state's top court upheld a lower court ruling that the state law allowing marriage only between a man and a woman is a violation of the Iowa constitution. It will be at least several weeks before gay and lesbian couples can seek marriage licenses.
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It's a date in Iowa history marked by the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous decision that legalized gay marriage. It's a watershed moment remembered by the man who leads the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities. And within weeks, couples were filing for marriage licences in Iowa.