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Wednesday 08 April 2009


Iowa strikes down gay marriage ban

Posted in: International Daily News
By GayNZ.com Daily News Staff - 4th April 2009

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The Supreme Court in the American state of Iowa has unanimously ruled that a proposed law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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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.