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Iowa is the 29th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on December 28, 1846. Its capital city is Des Moines.

LGBT Rights in Iowa: Same-sex marriage is legal in Iowa under a unanimous state Supreme Court decision on April 3, 2009. Marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in Iowa for the first time on April 27, 2009. Since 2007, Iowa has outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Iowa's hate crime law covers hate crimes based on sexual orientation but not gender identity. Joint adoptions by same-sex parents have been legal since a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2008. Iowa law allows individuals and married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to adopt.

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Fired newspaper editor who blogged about gays’ ‘sinful nature’ files lawsuit

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
Bob Eschliman
NEWTON, Iowa — The former editor of the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa, filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on his personal blog. Bob Eschliman claims religious discrimination and retaliation in the complaint.

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AIDS research team in Iowa loses $1.38M grant due to faked study results

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Dong-Pyou Han
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday. One of the members of the research team, Dong-Pyou Han, has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts...

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Scientist pleads not guilty to faking HIV vaccine study

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Dong-Pyou Han
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding. Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements during his initial court appearance in Des Moines federal court.

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Federal prosecutors charge scientist in major HIV vaccine fraud case

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research. Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han ...

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Iowa Supreme Court reverses conviction in HIV criminalization case

| Friday, June 13, 2014
Nick Rhoades
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday threw out the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV, a victory to activists who say laws in many states are outdated and based on fear instead of medical science.

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Iowa newspaper fires editor for blogging about gays’ ‘sinful nature’

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Bob-Eschliman
NEWTON, Iowa — The editor of the Newton Daily News has been fired a week after he posted in a personal blog a message that said gay rights advocates are trying to reword the Bible "to make their sinful nature 'right with God.'"

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Iowa Legislature updates HIV transmission law with ‘lesser penalties’

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Legislature has sent to the governor a measure lessening the penalties for people who unknowingly expose someone to HIV with no intention of infecting them.

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An unthinkable tragedy

| Saturday, April 26, 2014
Gabriel
Gabriel did not die because his moms were lesbian. His death was not the byproduct of homophobia. His fate was not because of a violation of any legal custody issues. His story is bigger than any of that. His story is about love, sacrifice and the true meaning of being a parent. His story is one that brings the bigoted preconceived notions around same sex parenting to its knees. When I heard the story of Rachel and Heidi, I wept over what had happened to them. This is my letter from a dad to two moms.

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Baby dies in teen’s custody after taken from lesbian couple days before adoption

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Rachel and Heidi McFarland with baby Gabriel.
ANKENY, Iowa -- A teenage father is charged with neglect in connection with the death of a 4-month-old boy after the infant was taken from a lesbian couple who were just days away from finalizing his adoption.

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Mike Huckabee: ‘I’m not homophobic … this is the right side of the Bible’

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Mike-Huckabee
Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Tuesday told an Iowa audience that he is not a hater, not homophobic, and is merely standing on the "right side of the Bible."

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