MSMs allowed to donate blood. Wikimedia Commons. Brien which effectively forced the state to rescind any outstanding discrimination against same-sex couples who wish to have their marriages recognized and licensed under state law.
Frequently citing the California ruling, the Iowa justices said any law that denies equal treatment to a historically persecuted group, like homosexuals, is valid under the state Constitution only if it promotes an important, legitimate government goal. But winning in federal trial and appeals courts doesn't mean the Supreme Court will agree.
The Supreme Court initially stated its duty to protect the right of individuals: . Democratic leaders of the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives during the legislative session opposed a vote on an amendment.
Discuss: Discussion comments. Recognition of same-sex unions in Colorado Recognition of same-sex unions in Texas Recognition of same-sex unions in Florida.
No actual cases to date. Bloomberg Businessweek. Using the standard known as intermediate scrutiny to evaluate the State Government's justifications for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the court determined that denying a marriage licenses on the basis of sexual orientation violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution.
Iowa began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on April 27, following a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Courtmaking Iowa the fourth U.
Though the gay rights movement saw some advancements in the s and s—such as Harvey Milk becoming the first openly gay man elected to public office in the country in —the fight for gay marriage made little headway for many years. Archived from the original on February 1, In , Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, found Section 3 of DOMA—the part of the law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman—to be unconstitutional.