Brien That's a win. It's not a final win, because the case is being appealed. They brought suit in arguing that denying them marriage licenses violated the liberty and equal protection clauses in the State Constitution.
The next morning, Hanson stayed his decision pending an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court. The next morning, several other couples applied for marriage licenses before Hanson issued his stay. Iowa marriage law requires a three-day waiting period between the initial application for a marriage license and the time the marriage becomes official, unless this waiting period is waived by a judge.
After receiving the waiver and applying for a marriage license on the morning of August 31, the couple was married in a short ceremony that morning by a Unitarian Universalist minister on the minister's front lawn in Des Moines.
Two other Ames residents who applied for a marriage license before the stay, Terry Lowman and Mark Kassis, were married on September 2 in a ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames. However, it is legal opinion that the marriage is legal within Iowa. Brien on April 3, Using the standard known as intermediate scrutiny to evaluate the State Government's justifications for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the court determined that denying a marriage licenses on the basis of sexual orientation violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution.
On December 12, , ruling in Buntemeyer v. Iowa DPH, a state court ordered the department to list the names of two women, a married lesbian couple, on the death certificate of their stillborn son. Newton that ordered it to enter the names of two women as parents on a birth certificate.
Baker , Michael Streit and Marsha Ternus , who participated in the unanimous ruling that Iowa could not deny marriage licenses based on sexual orientation, were removed from office after judicial retention elections.
It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency. Iowa has always been a leader in the area of civil rights. Democratic leaders promised to block debate in the Senate, which they did. On November 2, , voters defeated a proposed constitutional convention by a margin.
Baker , who participated in the unanimous same-sex marriage ruling, expressed support for Obergefell v. Hodges and pride in their ruling. Streit and Baker were removed from their position as justices by Iowa voters in , following a campaign by opponents of same-sex marriage.
Then Governor Terry Branstad expressed disappointment with Obergefell and said that a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage should be enacted by Congress, but acknowledged that such an amendment has virtually no chance of being approved. Marriage statistics Between April and March , 2, same-sex couples were married in Iowa, accounting for Only couples were from Iowa, with the rest being from out of state, predominantly from neighboring Illinois , Missouri and Nebraska.
Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges , legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, approximately 11, same-sex couples had wed in Iowa.