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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 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
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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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Judge: Married same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A judge ruled Wednesday that two women who were legally married in Iowa can't divorce in Alabama, which doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

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Iowa Supreme Court hears appeal of man convicted of HIV notification law

| Monday, March 10, 2014
Nick Rhoades
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to uphold the conviction of an Iowa man with HIV who was imprisoned for not telling a partner he carried the virus when they had sex in 2008.

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Poll: Iowa voters concede gay marriage has had no negative effect on their lives

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Almost five years after the Iowa Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, 78 percent of voters in the state say it's either had a positive impact or no impact at all on their lives.

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Clerk says he was chastised for ‘feminine behavior,’ fired because he’s gay

| Monday, February 24, 2014
The Des  Moines RegisterWayne Shimer
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa man is suing a convenience store chain he claims fired him because he's gay, and alleges in court documents that he was chastised by his former boss for "feminine behavior."

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Iowa pastor converts record store into same-sex wedding chapel

| Monday, November 25, 2013
St. Louis Post-DispatchPastor Matt Hunt presides over the wedding of Carley Mitchell (left) and Kara Quartz-Mitchell.
KEOKUK, Iowa -- An Iowa record store owner is hoping to use his business space for same-sex marriages, a move that could prove competitive with nearby Illinois.

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Anti-gay activists spent $833K in failed effort to oust pro-gay marriage judge

| Friday, October 25, 2013
David Wiggins
DES MOINES, Iowa — Activist organizations spent $833,000 in Iowa last year trying to influence voters to decide whether to keep an Iowa Supreme Court judge who supported same-sex marriage, according to a new report that analyzed spending by special-interest groups and political parties.

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