Iowa, Vermont marriages spark debate in Calif.

The Associated Press
April 9, 2009
Evan Wolfson said the Iowa ruling has given him new hope in California. "The fact that this decision is so clear and unanimous from the heartland," he said, "is a reminder to the California Supreme Court that the equality in marriage is a civil right whose time has come and whose place is everywhere." [Link]

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NY, NJ Marriage Advocates “Embarrassed”

Gay City News
April 7, 2009
In the wake of Iowa and Vermont legalizing civil marriage equality for same-sex couples just four days apart, leading LGBT advocates in New York and New Jersey expressed frustration that the Legislature in neither state has carried the ball across the goal line -- despite support for the issue from the Senate and Assembly leaders and the governors of both states. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Vermont Equality

New York Times
April 8, 2009
"Coming less than a week after the crucial ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that extended same-sex marriage to a state in the nation’s heartland, and with bills to follow suit under consideration in several other state capitals, the welcome move by the Vermont Legislature adds a vital sense of momentum and democratic duty to this civil rights struggle. Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey, in particular, have marriage bills pending and Democratic governors ready to sign them. There should be no further delay in enacting these measures." [Link]

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Constitutional Convention Opens a Very Wide Door

Des Moines Register
April 8, 2009
Legal experts and lawmakers discuss the possible implications for the Iowa state constitution -- and the future of marriage equality in the state -- should Iowans vote in the November 2010 general election to hold a constitutional convention in 2011. [Link]

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Culver on marriage: He’s ‘reluctant’ to amend Constitution

Des Moines Register
April 7, 2009

"The Court also concluded that the denial of this right constitutes discrimination," Culver said. "Therefore, after careful consideration and a thorough reading of the Court’s decision, I am reluctant to support amending the Iowa Constitution to add a provision that our Supreme Court has said is unlawful and discriminatory." [Link]

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OPINION: What’s next for marriage equality?

The Washington Post
April 7, 2009
The Post asked observers and activists for their take on Tuesday's legalization of gay couples' marriages in Vermont and last week's marriage ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court, as well as the D.C. Council's vote to recognize same-sex couples' marriages performed in other states. Joe Mathews, Gary Busek, Samuel Rodriguez, Lea Brilmayer, Scott Keeter and Bruce Fein weigh in. [Link]

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Gronstal blocks amendment to reverse Iowa marriage equality

Iowa Senate
April 6, 2009

Here is video today of Senator Gronstal blocking the marriage amendment in the Iowa Senate. It is a profile in courage and leadership. [Link]

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OPINION: Why ‘Gay Marriage’ Matters

Wall Street Journal
April 7, 2009
Here's to marriage, a "supremely important civil institution." And here's to including, not excluding, kind-hearted people like my brother David, who want nothing more than to find the right person, settle down, and one day perhaps get married. [Link]

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What Iowa Means To California

The Bilerico Project
April 3, 2009
Shannon Minter writes, "This is a defining moment for our state and for the California Supreme Court. The Court's decision in the Prop 8 challenge will either reaffirm the centrality of equality in our constitutional system, or it will hold, for the first time in our state's history, that a simple majority can amend the constitution to impose inequality on an unpopular minority. It would be deeply ironic for the California Supreme Court, having done so much to lead the way in establishing equality for same-sex couples and their families, to turn back the clock and force the more than one hundred thousand same-sex couples in our state to move to Des Moines to be treated with full equality and respect. [Link]

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Will Iowans uphold ruling?

FiveThirtyEight
April 3, 2009
As in California, there will of course be an effort to amend the state constitution to prohibit gay couples' marriages. In Iowa, however, the hurdle to amending the constitution is fairly high: it will have to be approved by two consecutive sessions of the state legislature and then by a majority of the voters. Most likely, this means that Iowans won't vote on the issue until 2012. [Link]

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