ANYWAY, my PDA was hyperventilating with the news that the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously declared marriage discrimination against same-sex couples unconstitutional.
You can read the whole decision here.
The Des Moines Register report is here.
Integrity has a press statement out over at Walking With Integrity.
The Lambda Legal press release is here.
And Politico.com posted this commentary:
It's really a sweeping, total win for the gay-rights side, rejecting any claim that objections to same-sex marriage can be seen as "rational," rejecting a parallel civil union remedy, and pronouncing same-sex marriages and gay and lesbian couples essentially normal.
So ... celebrate the good news and then let's get back to work making Iowa's example the rule of American liberty and justice for all and not an encouraging exception!
UPDATE VIA EMAIL:
For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008
Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: 515-281-3901
House Speaker Pat Murphy: 515-281-0817
Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing civil rights
This is a joint statement from Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal
and Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy on today's Supreme Court decision:"Thanks to today's decision, Iowa continues to be a leader inguaranteeing all of our citizens' equal rights.
"The court has ruled today that when two Iowans promise to share theirlives together, state law will respect that commitment, regardless of whether the couple is gay or straight. "When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today's events will be why it took us so long. It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency."
"Today, the Iowa Supreme Court has reaffirmed those Iowa values by ruling that gay and lesbian Iowans have all the same rights andresponsibilities of citizenship as any other Iowan."
"Iowa has always been a leader in the area of civil rights. In 1839, the Iowa Supreme Court rejected slavery in a decision thatfound that a slave named Ralph became free when he stepped on Iowa soil,26 years before the end of the Civil War decided the issue.
"In 1868, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated"separate but equal" schools had no place in Iowa, 85 years before theU.S. Supreme Court reached the same decision.
"In 1873, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled against racial discrimination inpublic accommodations, 91 years before the U.S. Supreme Court reached the same decision.
"In 1869, Iowa became the first state in the union to admit women to thepractice of law.
"In the case of recognizing loving relationships between two adults, the Iowa Supreme Court is once again taking a leadership position on civil rights.
"Today, we congratulate the thousands of Iowans who now can express their love for each other and have it recognized by our laws."