First, hats off to Lambda Legal for a truly spectacular job in winning this case. In retrospect, this decision may come to seem almost as important as the first one in Massachusetts. Why?
- The decision was unanimous, the first time that any marriage case has been won without a dissent or, for that matter, by more than a one-vote margin.
- The decision cuts off any impulse in the legislature to opt for civil unions, saying that "a new distinction based on sexual orientation would be equally suspect."
- The victory came in Iowa, widely perceived as an all-American, proudly midwestern, emphatically non-New England state.
...the statutory language must be applied and interpreted in a manner allowing gay and lesbian people full access to the institution of civil marriage.