The Iowa Supreme Court has just issued a landmark, unanimous ruling in Varnum v. Brien, a case involving six same-sex couples who sought and were denied marriage licenses in Iowa.

Consequently, the language in Iowa Code section 595.2 limiting civil marriage to a man and a woman must be stricken from the statute, and the remaining statutory language must be interpreted and applied in a manner allowing gay and lesbian people full access to the institution of civil marriage.

The ruling will go into effect in 21 days. Unless lawmakers immediately take up the matter, the earliest time for opposition action would be 2012.

Full Court Opinion.

Source: Des Moines Register

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