DES MOINES â€” Iowa became the first state in the Midwest to approve same-sex marriage on Friday, after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided that a 1998 law limiting marriage to a man and a woman was unconstitutional.
The decision was the culmination of a four-year legal battle that began in the lower courts. The Supreme Court said same-sex marriages could begin in Iowa in as soon as 21 days.
The case here was being closely followed by advocates on both sides of the issue. While the same-sex marriage debate has played out on both coasts, the Midwest â€” where no states had permitted same-sex marriage â€” was seen as entirely different. In the past, at least six states in the Midwest were among those around the country that adopted amendments to their state constitutions banning same-sex marriage.
â€œThe Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution,â€ the justices said in a summary of their decision.
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Derek from the comments:
Can someone explain to me the point of removing a trailer from YouTube due to copyright? Isn’t the point of trailers to have them seen by as many people as possible?
What do you have in your pockets right now? (Or pocketbook)
I have my wallet, cellphone, keys, swiss army knife, gum, pen, small notebook, USB flash drive, iPod and last but most importantly for a germophobe like myself, a travel size bottle of Purell. I really, really need a purse.
Boston.com has a photo essay on what’s behind the red envelope.
(via Everything is Terrible)