Iowa court overturns marriage ban
Updated: April 3, 2009 at 10:54 am
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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court released its ruling today in a marriage equality case brought by six Iowan same-sex couples. The Court has overturned the state’s 1998 one man-one woman marriage statute. Marriages between couples of the same-sex will be legal in three weeks.
“The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution,” the justices said in a summary of the decision, according to The Des Moines Register.
Couples will be able to wed starting April 24.
The affirmation of a lower court decision in the case was made unanimously.
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