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.