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Iowa Supreme Court To Rule On Same-Sex Marriage Friday

Jim Burroway

April 2nd, 2009

A statement appeared on the Iowa Supreme Court website announcing that a decision in Varnum v. Brien, will be posted on the web tomorrow by 8:30 a.m. CDT. The suit contends that Iowa’s marriage law is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution. Oral arguments in the case were presented last December.

In August 2007, a lower court judge ruled that Iowa’s prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Although he put a stay on the decision four hours later pending a Supreme Court hearing, one couple, Tim McQuillan and Sean Fritz, managed to get married during that short window. They remain the only same-sex couple with a legal Iowa marriage license. They spoke to the impact that getting married has had on their relationship:

“When we got married, I realized that made me an adult,” Sean said. “Abruptly. … And now I realize that probably has a strong influence upon what we call gay culture, the fact that it’s comprised of people who don’t consider themselves adults.”

“You treat children like children,” Tim interjects, “they’re going to behave like children. If you treat them as adults and you expect things of them – it’s totally an argument of what you expect out of someone. If they’ve never been expected to get married, they aren’t going to. It’s pretty harsh social conditioning.”



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Heres hoping for the best! Gosh, it’d be great if we could get a state in the middle of the country!

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Here is the Iowa Constitution provision relating to how the constitution is amended:

It appears that there is no provision for a constitutional amendment proposed by petition. A constitutional amendment may be proposed in two ways:

(1) by two separate votes of the state legislature (one before, and one after a general election); or

(2) by a constitutional convention, which will be summoned if the citizens decide to do so in a referendum. A referendum on summoning a constitutional convention must be held in every year ending with ‘0,’ so the next vote will be held in 2010.

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