Posted on April 3rd, 2009 at 10:13 am by Steve
In this case, we must decide if our state statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the Iowa Constitution, as the district court ruled. On our review, we hold the Iowa marriage statute violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution. Therefore, we affirm the decision of the district court.It's not just the "librul-elite" on the decadent coasts anymore. Now it's the "real" Americans in the "heartland," too, who believe that adults should be able to marry the person they love. The list of organizations and individuals that filed briefs of amicus curiae is interesting, as it's basically a list of allies and opponents. The list of allies is much longer, and includes the usual suspects (Freedom to Marry coalition, MassEquality, P-FLAG, and so on), but it also includes The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, The National Black Justice Coalition, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Immigrants' Rights Program of the American Friends Service Committee, the National Association of Social Workers, the Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic, and the American Psychological Association. You can read the whole opinion or just the court summary (PDFs) if you like.