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BREAKING NEWS: Iowa Court Rules on Marriage

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Breaking news from the DesMoines Register:

The Iowa Supreme Court this morning unanimously upheld gays’ right to marry.

“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 justices said in a summary of their decision.

Read the full story here - http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090403/NEWS/90403010

*UPDATE: GLAAD issued a press release on news of the ruling:

"Today's ruling affirms that loving, committed gay and lesbian couples should no longer be excluded from marriage," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "GLAAD congratulates and expresses our deepest appreciation to One Iowa, Lambda Legal, the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, and the other organizations, leaders and courageous couples whose work and perseverance culminated in today's ruling."

"GLAAD urges local and national media reporting on this historic story to ground their coverage in the stories of the Iowa couples whose enduring commitment is at the heart of today's decision," Giuliano concluded.

*UPDATE: MSNBC News Live covers the Iowa ruling with justice correspondent Pete Williams:

*UPDATE: Iowa's Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and House Speaker Pat Murphy issue joint statement:

“Thanks to today’s decision, Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing all of our citizens’ equal rights.  

“The court has ruled today that when two Iowans promise to share their lives together, state law will respect that commitment, regardless of whether the couple is gay or straight.  

“When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today’s events will be why it took us so long.  It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency. 

*UPDATE: CNN reports on the ruling on marriage in Iowa as well the bill just passed in VT.:

*UPDATE: KCRG - TV9 in Iowa covers Iowa marriage ruling press conference:

 

*UPDATE: Culver, Harkin react to Iowa Supreme Court decision
*UPDATE: Iowa State Senator Matt McCoy, the first openly gay member of the Iowa Legislature, describes why he thinks Iowa won't to backwards on marriage rights.

*UPDATE - More Media Coverage

*UPDATE - Organizations respond to Iowa ruling