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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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Iowa women who married after 72 years together tell their story

Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Earlier this month we told you about Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes, a lesbian couple in their 90′s who married after being together 72 years. Now, in an interview with The Des Moines Register, Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, are sharing more of their story, from their first meeting, to their first date, and how they came to be married more than 70 years later.

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Iowa couple marries after 72 years together

Sunday, September 7, 2014
In this Sept. 6, 2014 photo, Rev. Linda Hunsaker presides over the wedding of Vivian Boyack, left, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, center, in Davenport, Iowa. More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, got married.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes have gotten married. Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during Saturday’s ceremony, reports the Quad City Times. “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,” the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told ...

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Lesbian worker says Iowa casino fired her for not dressing feminine

Friday, August 29, 2014
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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- A former employee for Mystique Casino in Dubuque has sued the casino, claiming she was fired because she didn't dress more feminine. The civil lawsuit by Brandy Welter, a former marketing manager, seeks an unspecified amount of damages for lost wages and emotional distress, among other things.

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Deceased Iowa teen’s eye donation rejected because he was gay

Thursday, August 14, 2014
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PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — Months before taking his own life last year, Alexander (AJ) Betts, a 16-year-old teen from Iowa, volunteered to become an organ donor. But a Food and Drug Administration policy which prohibits men who have sex with men from donating tissue, has barred Betts from fulfilling one of his final wishes, because he was gay.

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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
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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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