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April 03, 2009

Breaking: Iowa Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Can't get to the court's webpage right now because their servers are alternately crashed or moving so slow they time out. However, word is filtering out of the Supreme Court building that the plaintiffs have won and that the Supreme Court has overturned Iowa's ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of equal protection under the Iowa Constitution.

Check back here for the Court's ruling, if it ever loads again.

I've got to get to work; more updates then.

Initial news report is here.

Update: A copy of the ruling is available at Lefty blog Pam's House Blend (PDF). The judges unanimously held that limiting marriage to unions bewteen a man and a woman violates the Iowa Constitution's Equal Protection Clause, which to me reads a bit broader the the U.S. Constitution's version.

Article I, section 6 of the Iowa Constitution:

All laws of a general nature shall have a uniform operation; the general assembly shall not grant to any citizen or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens.

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