Advertisement Close X. Conservative Iowa lawmakers are advancing a bill that would change the long-standing way judges are selected in the state. Critics of the legislationintroduced in early February, say it is motivated by displeasure over state courts blocking abortion and same-sex marriage bans.
CNN -- The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejected a state law Friday that banned same-sex marriage, and opponents wasted little time in pushing for a state constitutional amendment that could send the issue to voters. Larry Hoch, left, and David Twombley, one of six couples that filed suit, celebrate Friday at a news conference. But nothing could dampen the spirits of the six same-sex couples who shouted and clapped at a news conference held by Lambda Legal after hearing the court's opinion.
Iowa began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on April 27, following a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Courtmaking Iowa the fourth U. Same-sex couples may also adopt, and state laws ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Prior to European settlement of Iowa in the early 19th century, several Native American tribes inhabited the region.
Former Republican Governor Terry Branstad sat in the witness chair in a Des Moines courtroom for nearly six hours Friday and forcefully rejected allegations he tried to force a state administrator to resign seven years ago because the official was gay. Senator Julian Garrett, a Republican from Indianola, said Iowa needs a "different kind of judge" on those courts. Conservatives who oppose Iowa Supreme Court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage and overturning abortion restrictions are urging the Republican-led legislature to strike back. Republicans at the statehouse are drawing up plans to change the make-up of the commission that nominates people to the governor for judgeships, in response to what they say is "judicial activism.
Kimberly Brown and Jennifer Perez traveled from their home in western Iowa to Vermont in to be joined in a civil union, a substitute for traditional civic marriages Vermont created for same-sex couples in But during the following year, Brown and Perez decided to go their separate ways. Like any couple in their situation, they hired attorneys.
According to the Facebook page for the event, it will be a spin on a wedding reception, including cake. Brien, that prohibiting gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional. Varnum v.
On Monday, April 27, nearly same-sex couples in Iowa applied for a marriage license. The number of states that recognize same-sex marriage doubled from two Massachusetts and Connecticut to four in April. Gay rights supporters — including Robert Volk, a School of Law associate professor, expect more states to follow suit.
Varnum v. BrienN. The case had the effect of legally recognizing same-sex marriage in Iowa. Ina lower court had granted summary judgment in favor of six same-sex couples who sued Timothy Brien, Polk County Recorder, for refusing to grant them marriage licenses.
When the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that gays can marry in the Hawkeye State, gay marriage became not just a coastal thing. Cady asked. Both houses of the legislature must approve it, and most legal experts agree that the process could be put before voters no sooner than