Postedon Apr 27, 2009 at 10:30 am
April 27, 2009
Iowa county clerks will begin processing marriage applications for gay couples Monday. Iowa typically requires a three-day waiting period for marriages, but judges can waive that and allow immediate weddings. (Vermont too has passed the legislation but this will not take effect until September.) [Link]
Postedon Apr 22, 2009 at 11:45 am
April 22, 2009
Here's a message from One Iowa about the release of their new advertisement today in preparation for marriages for gay couples starting on Monday:
On Friday, April 3 the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. Recognizing marriage for caring, committed gay and lesbian couples will continue a long-standing Iowa tradition of protecting all its citizens and treating each Iowan fairly.
We hope this ad will start a conversation with Iowans about the Supreme Court decision, which isn't just about gay and lesbian Iowans-it's about ALL Iowans. We know that marriage strengthens families and, as Iowans, we support committed couples who want to accept the responsibility that comes with marriage.
We invite you to view our ad and participate in a statewide conversation about marriage. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors. Discuss what marriage means to you.
Postedon Apr 15, 2009 at 11:15 am
April 15, 2009
Supporters of marriage equality believe it is a civil rights issue, and hope that the courts will enforce existing laws. "It's not that we need a new constitution," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry. "We just need a renewed commitment. Properly enforced, the existing equal protection would require equality." So what worked in Iowa and Vermont? Activists and legislators made the issue personal, taking a cue from Harvey Milk, who advocated that people tell their stories. [Link]
Postedon Apr 15, 2009 at 10:31 am
April 15, 2009
The Washington Post interviews advocates from Lambda Legal and other national LGBT groups to discuss recent advances in marriage equality in Iowa, Vermont and D.C., and the future of marriage for gay couples as a national issue. [Link]
Postedon Apr 13, 2009 at 11:26 am
April 9, 2009
"With this week came a new challenge in humility: swallowing their gay pride... Then came the one-two combo in the past week: Iowa and Vermont beat New York to the punch, legalizing gay marriage while supporters in the New York State Senate are still struggling to find enough votes to ensure its passage." [Link]
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