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Ted Cruz and Ellen Page fight over gay rights

Friday, August 21, 2015
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, helps cook pork at the Iowa State Fair, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
The senator and Juno actress had a spirited argument at today's Iowa State Fair. ...

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A gay dad’s open letter to the antigay Christian billboard couple

Friday, August 7, 2015
“This billboard is funded 100% by your generous donations,” the Odgaards typed into the Facebook page of their new tax-exempt charity, God’s Original Design Ministry.
The Odgaards are at it again, and this time they're trying to shame gay people with 1,000 antigay billboards. Rob Watson decided to write them a letter. ...

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Iowa Rep: “You can now marry your lawnmower!”

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
"It only requires one human being in this relationship." ...

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Homophobic couple wants to erect 1,000 billboards decrying gay marriage

Monday, August 3, 2015
“This billboard is funded 100% by your generous donations,” the Odgaards typed into the Facebook page of their new tax-exempt charity, God’s Original Design Ministry.
The sign reads: “Marriage = 1 man and 1 woman. Please… I need your help with this! – God” ...

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Black trans woman arrested and held in isolation is now free

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
"I want to let people know that I'm going to seek justice," Taylor said.
Meagan Taylor was arrested after checking into an Iowa hotel, and then held in isolation at the Polk County Jail. ...

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Iowa college to offer LGBT student housing

Friday, May 1, 2015
Iowa Western Community College set aside a cluster of suite-style apartments to create an optional community-style living environment for LGBT students. ...

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Iowa Catholic school that refused to hire gay teacher approves gay-straight alliance

Saturday, April 25, 2015
A West Des Moines Catholic high school that came under fire recently for refusing to hire a gay teacher, has approved a request by students to form a school-based gay-straight alliance called "One Human Family." ...

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GOP lawmaker introduces bill to strip federal courts of power to rule on marriage equality

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
Less than a week before the U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear arguments over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, a GOP lawmaker has introduced legislation to strip federal courts of their power to interpret the Constitution as it relates ...

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Man accused of sending threatening letter to Des Moines gay bar

Friday, April 10, 2015
Blazing Saddle, Des Moines, Iowa.
The Des Moines Police Department says 49-year-old Eric Reese Wiethorn, of Ames, was charged Thursday with first-degree harassment in connection with the letter sent to Blazing Saddle, a gay bar. ...

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Catholic students stage walkout to protest school’s refusal to hire gay teacher

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Students at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa, walkout in protest of the school's refusal to hire a gay teacher.
Students and alumni staged a walkout Wednesday in protest of a West Des Moines Catholic high school opting to not hire a substitute teacher full time after learning he was gay. ...

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