Alex Blaze

Waiting for the Iowa Supreme Court Ruling

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 03, 2009 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: bisexual, gay marriage, iowa, lesbian, LGBT, marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, supreme court, transgender, varnum

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.

Update Well, I guess I'm not the only one waiting for the ruling.

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Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | April 3, 2009 9:52 AM

The WHO Des Moines website at a glance appears to say that the lower court ruling has been upheld.

Chitown Kev | April 3, 2009 10:03 AM

Congrats to my next door neighbor!