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    Iowa becoms third U.S. state to allow gay marriage

    DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - The Iowa Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriage in the state on Friday by declaring a law that limits marriage to a man and a woman unconstitutional.

    The ruling makes Iowa the third U.S. state after Connecticut and Massachusetts, and the first in the Midwest, to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/domes...5323XB20090403
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    Too funny! i can just about hear all them hog farmers spittin' their bacon out and yelling at their wives right now!....

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    I am so proud to be an Iowan today. Our Supreme Court has again stood up for equality and maintained our progressive nature. The 7-0 ruling is the first unanimous decision on same-sex marriage in the nation. Way to go Iowa

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    As most people on here know I am a conservative Republican. That being said I think this is a good thing. A lot of people will argue the the religous aspect of marriage but the bottom line is right now it is not a religous act but a contract with the state/federal government. I don't think the government should dictate who can and can't get married.

    I have a good friend and she is gay, we were debating Gay marriage. I was pro and she was actually against. I asked a simple question "why" and her response was "all gay marriage leads to is gay divorces". I thought that was kind of funny but true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chance174 View Post
    A lot of people will argue the the religous aspect of marriage but the bottom line is right now it is not a religous act but a contract with the state/federal government.
    I think marriage can be a religious concept, or a contract with the state/fed gov't or both. Which instititutions are involved is up to the couple getting married. I don't believe that the government has the right to descriminate about who they can enter into a contract wtih based on gender, but churches should be free to discriminate against whoever they see fit.
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    So did Iowa officially pass a law "against" gay marriage and then their supreme court overturned it? I will admit that I do not know exactly how the law works on this issue but if there is a law passed by the voters doesn't that trump the supreme court of that state? How can a law that has been passed become "unconstitutional". I admit I am confused.


    In an effort to be entirely honest I do not think that gay marriage should be allowed. That being said if a state wants to pass a law allowing/disallowing it I have no problem with that. What I do have a serious problem with is judges overturning laws passed by the people.

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    That is good for Iowa if that is what the people wanted. I have said all along that I dont care if gays marry but I ma with snackem if they are going against what the people of the state want it is wrong. Wee not wrong but they will face a constitutional amendment being brought forth by the people like they did in AZ and Cali. If that passes it is kind of hard for the supreme court to rule the states constitution unconstitutional.

    As I have also said marriage is a sacred union to religious people and I full support the right of the church to not marry gay or lesbian couples. Just as I support the right for Jewish and Catholic hospitals to turn away people who want abortions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    I think marriage can be a religious concept, or a contract with the state/fed gov't or both. Which instititutions are involved is up to the couple getting married. I don't believe that the government has the right to descriminate about who they can enter into a contract wtih based on gender, but churches should be free to discriminate against whoever they see fit.
    I agree 100% with that

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    Having a majority vote on minority rights doesn't protect the rights of the minority to not be discriminated against. That is why the courts are there to decide what is just. If you took a majority vote in South Carolina in 1870, they would have voted to reinstate slavery. That wouldn't make it right. This is a legal issue, and there is no reason that two same sex partners shouldn't have the same legal rights as two opposite sex partners.

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