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Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Iowa

The controversy over same-sex marriage in America has been primarily fought on both coasts, but now it's moved squarely into America's heartland. After more than a four-year legal battle, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled today that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, effectively legalizing marriage for same-sex couples.

“Equal protection under the Iowa Constitution is essentially a direction that all persons similarly situated should be treated alike," wrote the court in its ruling. "Since territorial times, Iowa has given meaning to this constitutional provision, striking blows to slavery and segregation, and recognizing women’s rights. The court found the issue of same-sex marriage comes to it with the same importance as the landmark cases of the past.”

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