Iowa Supreme Court grants same-sex couples the right to marry

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Local and national LGBT groups and couples celebrate

A unanimous Iowa Supreme Court says that the state can no longer bar same-sex couples from being able to marry. The ruling came in a court case in the heartland of the country this time. In Varnum, v. Brien. Lambda Legal brought the case to court on behalf of six Iowa couples and their children. The state was ordered to start issuing marriage licenses in three weeks.

The Iowa decision follows similar high court decisions in Massachusetts, California and Connecticut that found it unconstitutional to bar lesbian and gay couples the right to marry.

The ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the court case. After the historic decision they said the decision was a historic victory for lesbian and gay couples. Ben Stone, Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa said, “The court showed the world that Iowa is again among the leaders in America’s quest for justice and farness.”