Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | April 3, 2009

Another step toward marriage equality

Iowa’s Supreme Court just ruled that the state’s ban against same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Again, as in California, and as in inter-racial marriage bans decades ago, justices cited the state constitution’s equal protection clause. From Politico‘s Ben Smith:

It’s really a sweeping, total win for the gay-rights side, rejecting any claim that objections to same-sex marriage can be seen as “rational,” rejecting a parallel civil union remedy, and pronouncing same-sex marriages and gay and lesbian couples essentially normal.

It’s encouraging, but there’s a long, long way to go before same-sex couples enjoy the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

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