The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to rule at 9:30am today on the Varnum v. Brien case before it. It's the last of the state-level marriage cases for a long while. The grand marriage strategy was put together a few years ago to pursue litigation in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, and California.
If you all remember, on August 31, 2007, a trial court ruled that Iowa's constitutional guarantee of equal treatment under the law requires the state to recognize same-sex couples' marriages. Marriages were almost immediately stopped when that same judge stayed his ruling, although one same-sex couple was able to get married.
As Prof. Nan Hunter wrote in December, the case was interesting because the trial court judge 86'd pseudo-scientific "witnesses" who were supposed to testify to LGBT couples' inability to parent. Prof. Nancy Polikoff summarized the arguments before the state's supreme court, which is an interesting read for background.
I'll keep you all updated.