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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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Iowa Senate approves conversion therapy ban for minors; House support unlikely

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled House, where it will likely be declared dead amid strong opposition from Christian conservatives. ...

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Iowa GOP lawmakers still seeking constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Nearly six years after a unanimous Iowa Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage, Republican lawmakers are still battling to overturn the ruling by amending the state constitution. ...

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Colorado, Iowa, Oregon lawmakers considering ‘conversion therapy’ bans

Monday, February 23, 2015
Daniel Tobias, Wikimedia
Three more states could soon join California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia in outlawing therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. ...

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GOP voters in early primary, caucus states say opposition to gay marriage ‘unacceptable’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
About half of likely Republican primary and caucus voters in key early states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina says that opposition to same-sex marriage is unacceptable in a candidate, according to a new poll. ...

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