Iowa Supreme Court Set to Review Gay-Marriage Ban

Advocates and opponents of same-sex unions dig in
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 1:59 PM CST
Hundreds of protesters hold signs as they protest California's passage of a gay-marriage ban, Nov. 15, 2008, in Chicago.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Iowa’s Supreme Court will review a state law banning gay marriage next month, the Los Angeles Times reports. A district judge last year struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it violated state constitutional rights of equal protection, but nine hours later that decision was appealed to the high court.

Advocates for both sides are uncertain whether the passage of Proposition 8 in California will affect the Iowa court’s ruling. Just one gay couple in Iowa married in the brief time it was legal—two Iowa State undergrads moved fast enough to take advantage of the nine-hour window, but their union now faces an uncertain future.