01/10/10 Iowa Hawk Eye:
The Perry plaintiffs are testing the constitutionality of allowing voters to decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry. In April last year, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that by limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, the state marriage law violated the equal protection clause of the state constitution. [Varnum v. Brien, 763 N.W.2d 862 (Iowa 2009)]. No sooner did the Court issue its ruling than advocates on opposing sides mobilized to prepare for a contest over bringing the issue of marriage equality to the ballot box. The Hawk Eye reports on the opening legislative campaign by LUV ("Let Us Vote") Iowa and the response by One Iowa. LUV Iowa seeks a "marriage protection" amendment" to the state constitution. One Iowa has been hosting public forums on the basis and value of marriage equality. It recently formed a Red Blue Purple coalition, and has just started airing a 60-second ad, "This Place."
As consequential as Iowa's contest may prove, it is one among other contests over reversing or preempting marriage equality. I will try to track all of them (with the help of this site's readers!)
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