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Iowa strikes down gay marriage ban

Sat 4 Apr 2009 In: International News View at Wayback View at NDHA

The Supreme Court in the American state of Iowa has unanimously ruled that a proposed law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The judges said: "The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution." The court also ruled that Civil Unions would not be an acceptable alternative: "A new distinction based on sexual orientation would be equally suspect and difficult to square with the fundamental principles of equal protection embodied in our constitution." Reports suggest same-sex couples may be able to marry as early as the end of this month.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News Staff

First published: Saturday, 4th April 2009 - 12:11pm

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