Today’s the day that marriage equality comes to Iowa, with same-sex weddings starting, but the Des Moines Register leads with the reason that I believe same-sex marriage is a federal issue:
Same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land in Iowa today, but out-of-state residents who are married here aren’t likely to be afforded the same rights as heterosexual couples when they return home. … Still, most states – including all of Iowa’s neighbors – will not recognize same-sex marriages that take place here.
The paper has a helpful chart that illustrates the patchwork quilt of marriage rights for same-sex couples across the United States:
Heterosexual couples don’t face this issue. If they’re married in Alaska, they’re married when they get to Hawaii, or Rhode Island, or South Carolina.
Much progress has been made. Much work remains.