Kim Reynolds is transforming the Iowa Supreme Court from one that leaned liberal to a solidly conservative body, prompting concerns among critics that it could erode past support for civil liberties as well as abortion and gay rights. Through a combination of coincidence, a mandatory retirement age of 72 for judges and changes in the selection process that favor Republicans, Reynolds could make the most appointments to the seven-member court since former Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack named five from to
On a wall in their family room hangs a certificate embossed with the seal of the state of Iowa, bordered in black and silver. And then it was. Gay marriage is legal in Iowa?
Iowa began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on April 27, following a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Courtmaking Iowa the fourth U. Same-sex couples may also adopt, and state laws ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Prior to European settlement of Iowa in the early 19th century, several Native American tribes inhabited the region.
It's a date in Iowa history marked by the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous decision that legalized gay marriage. It's a watershed moment remembered by the man who leads the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities. And within weeks, couples were filing for marriage licences in Iowa. And in a month, the first gay marriage ceremonies were held in the Quad Cities.
Advertisement Close X. Conservative Iowa lawmakers are advancing a bill that would change the long-standing way judges are selected in the state. Critics of the legislationintroduced in early February, say it is motivated by displeasure over state courts blocking abortion and same-sex marriage bans.
Former Republican Governor Terry Branstad sat in the witness chair in a Des Moines courtroom for nearly six hours Friday and forcefully rejected allegations he tried to force a state administrator to resign seven years ago because the official was gay. Senator Julian Garrett, a Republican from Indianola, said Iowa needs a "different kind of judge" on those courts. Conservatives who oppose Iowa Supreme Court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage and overturning abortion restrictions are urging the Republican-led legislature to strike back.
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Mackenzie was born inthe same year that same sex marriage was legalized in Iowa and six months after her parents, Melissa and Heather Gartner, were legally married. Instead of listing both Heather and Melissa on the birth certificate, however, the Department of Health listed only Melissa, the biological mother. According to a Huffington Post report:. At the hospital, the Gartners filled out the form listing both as parents.