In its decision, the Supreme Court upheld an August decision by a judge who found that a state law limiting marriage to a man and a woman violates the constitutional rights of equal protection. District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty signs a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The legislature subsequently approves a measure banning same-sex marriage. Retrieved April 3, On November 2,voters defeated a proposed constitutional convention by a margin. Same-sex marriages begin again in California.
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LGBT rights in Iowa
Iowa has provided benefits to same-sex partners of state employees since More politicsIowaSame-sex marriage Advertise. The state's law criminalizing same-sex sexual activity was repealed in April 29, January 7, It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency.
They brought suit in arguing that denying them marriage licenses violated the liberty and equal protection clauses in the State Constitution. Des Moines attorney Dennis Johnson, who argued on behalf of gay and lesbian couples, said "this is a great day for civil rights in Iowa. Iowa lawmakers have "excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification. Andrew Cuomo signs a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, making the Empire State the sixth in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. A series of federal court decisions strike down same-sex marriage bans in several states, and the Supreme Court declines to review cases in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, effectively requiring those states to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.