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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.

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The case, known as Varnum v. Brien, involved six same-sex couples who sued Polk County Recorder of Deeds Timothy Brien in for refusing to grant them marriage licenses. A district court judge sided with the couples and the state Supreme Court affirmed that decision, striking the language of the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act that restricted marriage to one man and one woman from state code.

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DES MOINES — An unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach, even as it alarmed proponents of an independent judiciary. Leaders of the recall campaign said the results should be a warning to judges elsewhere. But critics of the campaign, including those who see the courts as a protector of minority rights, said the politicization of uncontested judicial elections represented a danger.

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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. Republicans at the statehouse are drawing up plans to change the make-up of the commission that nominates people to the governor for judgeships, in response to what they say is "judicial activism.

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CNN -- The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejected a state law Friday that banned same-sex marriage, and opponents wasted little time in pushing for a state constitutional amendment that could send the issue to voters. Larry Hoch, left, and David Twombley, one of six couples that filed suit, celebrate Friday at a news conference. But nothing could dampen the spirits of the six same-sex couples who shouted and clapped at a news conference held by Lambda Legal after hearing the court's opinion.

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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?

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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. Invoters approved a constitutional amendment requiring that Iowa justices be chosen using a merit selection system in which the governor appoints judges from candidates selected by nominating commissions.

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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.

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On Monday, April 27, nearly same-sex couples in Iowa applied for a marriage license. The number of states that recognize same-sex marriage doubled from two Massachusetts and Connecticut to four in April. Gay rights supporters — including Robert Volk, a School of Law associate professor, expect more states to follow suit.

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