Same-sex couples may legally marry.
On 2 November , Iowa Supreme Court justices David Baker, Michael Streit, and Marsha Ternus, who participated in the unanimous ruling that Iowa could not deny marriage licenses based on sexual orientation, were removed from office via judicial retention elections. Their removal followed campaigning by groups opposed to same-sex marriage, including the National Organization for Marriage.
The three judges did no campaigning on their own behalf, but were supported by numerous third parties. Legislation - Pending None. Legislation - Enacted None.
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Each couple's application was denied because in each case the couple was composed of two people of the same sex, and Iowa law only permitted couples composed of one man and one woman to marry. Lambda Legal filed suit for the couples in Polk County District Court, against Timothy Brien, Polk County Recorder, for refusing to grant them marriage licenses arguing that this law violated certain rights guaranteed by the Iowa constitution. In , the District Judge Robert Hanson granted summary judgment in favor of the couples.
A man puts a wedding ring on his partner's finger in a file photo. Gay couples lined up before dawn on Friday to apply for marriage licenses after an Iowa judge scuttled the state's law against same-sex marriage. Then they rushed off and found a Unitarian minister to unite them in a brief ceremony in the front yard of his Des Moines home.
Ruling briefly allows gay marriage in Iowa
It was unclear immediately how the stay would affect their marriage and other couples who managed to submit their marriage license applications. The gay marriage issue is a hot one politically at all levels. Twenty-six states have constitutional amendments barring same-sex marriage.
Three states allow civil unions for gay couples — with only Massachusetts permitting full same-sex marriage. New Hampshire will allow gay civil unions beginning in January.