The Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling today on the unconstitutionality of the same-sex marriage ban is in the news hither and yon [PDF of the ruling itself here], but here’s a round-up if you want some one-stop forward-thinking equal application of civil law to civil matters news (all dated today):
- â€¢ Â TheÂ New York Times: Iowa Voids Gay Marriage Ban
- â€¢ Â Pam’s House Blend: NCLR and EQCA Weigh in on Iowa
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- â€¢ Â The Bilerico Project (Shannon Minter, Esq., guest posting): What Iowa Means to CaliforniaÂ
- â€¢ Â Des Moines Register: Gay marriage opponents push for action from lawmakers
- â€¢ Â Family Equality Council press release on the ruling: Family Equality Council Thrilled by Historic Iowa Marriage Ruling
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- â€¢ Â Lambda Legal statement: Marriage Victory in Iowa
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- â€¢ Â One Iowa statement: Historic Victory for Marriage Equality in Iowa!
- â€¢ Â Added in a day later, for the Fun With Numbers crowd (h/t me Know-It-All Brother-In-Law): FiveThirghtyEight: Will Iowans Uphold Gay Marriage?
- [It’s statistical modeling using various demographic trends to “predict” the year by which anti-gay marriage amendments will no longer be winnable, state-by-state. Â Not sure I agree with the optimism that CA would vote down a gay marriage ban in 2010 — Nate Silver needs to read Kate Kendell — but it sure is interesting.]
Once, I sat near theÂ Iowa River andÂ watched fireflies flickering over a green grassy parkÂ in the sweet-smelling summer dusk, andÂ thought: This is surely one of the most transcendently beautiful midwestern moments I’ll ever know. Â I’m thinking a bunch of Iowans are feeling like today might just be even more transcendent.