When I think of the states where same-sex couples are most likely to get marriage rights, Iowa isn't near the top of the list. To be fair, it's not at the bottom either, where places like Utah and Alabama reside--it's just that Iowa, with its reputation for populism as opposed to liberalism, never struck me as the kind of place to do this sort of thing.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Supreme Court says the state's same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making it the third state where gay marriage is legal.Beautiful news.
In a unanimous ruling issued Friday, the court upheld a 2007 Polk County District Court judge's ruling that the law violated the state constitution.
Now I'm sure this won't be the end of it, and I doubt that Des Moines will become the hot new destination for same-sex couples looking legalize their unions, but it is a good moment, and more importantly, it's yet another sign that this country is moving toward full marriage rights for gays and lesbians. Kudos to the Iowa Supreme Court for making the right call in this case.