April 03, 2009

*Flyover Country--UPDATED with deets

Suck it, Hollywood.

UPDATE: Some people seem to expect the Iowa State Legislature or Governor Culver to step in and void the Iowa State Supreme Court's unanimous (!) decision to allow gay marriage.

It doesn't work that way.

Because marriage is a state issue rather than a federal issue, there is no appeal process beyond the State Supreme Court.

The only way for the gay marriage ruling to be "overturned" is through Constitutional Amendment. In Iowa, this requires the approval of two consecutive State Legislative sessions and ultimately general vote by the people of Iowa. Legislative sessions last two years in Iowa, and this is year one of the current session. The next general vote where it would be possible to vote on an Amendment is 2012.

Until then, Iowa is the third state to allow gay marriage. I for one think that is terrific. The pure joy that erupted following the decision made me more determined to do my part to keep equality alive and well in Iowa.

Posted by Jennifer at April 3, 2009 11:22 AM | TrackBack


2012, eh? Talk about a way to inject a loaded issue into the GOP primary!

Posted by: Daniel at April 4, 2009 08:37 PM

Doing the right and just thing does not often ally itself with political strategy.

Posted by: Jennifer at April 4, 2009 11:09 PM