Iowa

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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Effort to cut Iowa Supreme Court justice pay over gay marriage vote withdrawn

Friday, May 3, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa — A proposal to cut the salaries of four state Supreme Court justices who joined in a unanimous ruling four years ago that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa, was withdrawn on Thursday and no vote was taken on the measure. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa Supreme Court: State must recognize both lesbian parents

Friday, May 3, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Both spouses in a lesbian marriage must be recognized as legal parents to any child born during the couple's union, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa GOP lawmakers target Supreme Court justice pay over gay marriage vote

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa — A group of conservative lawmakers have proposed cutting the salaries of Iowa Supreme Court justices who joined in a unanimous ruling four years ago that legalized gay marriage in Iowa. [ Read more → ]
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Lawmaker who said gays are a health risk seeks to make amends with gay colleague

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa lawmaker who gained national attention last week for critical remarks about homosexual lifestyles says he wants to go to lunch with a gay colleague. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa state senator: Homosexuality poses health risk to him and his family

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa — A Republican state senator from northern Iowa says homosexual lifestyles pose a health risk to him and his family in comments that drew a sharp rebuke from an openly gay Democratic senator. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa lawmakers threaten to withhold funding if school holds conference for LGBT youth

Friday, March 29, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Conservative state lawmakers threatened Thursday to withhold state funding for an Iowa community college if the school spends tax dollars on a conference for gay youths. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa judge says transgender woman faced discrimination

Monday, March 11, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A state administrative law judge has ruled that a transgender woman should not have been ordered out of a courthouse women's restroom by a sheriff's deputy. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa House GOP seeks to restore state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republicans are again proposing a change in the Iowa Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull, Iowa), introduced a joint resolution Tuesday signed by 34 other House Republicans. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa GOP try for statewide vote to bring an end to same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Republican state senator has introduced legislation that would begin the process of referring a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to Iowa voters. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa judge: Lesbian couple should receive accurate death certificate for stillborn child

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa court has ordered the state's Department of Public Health to give a married lesbian couple an accurate death certificate for their son, Brayden, who was stillborn in October 2011. [ Read more → ]
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University of Iowa to ask students about sexual orientation, gender identity

Sunday, December 16, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has become the nation’s first public university to ask incoming students about their gender identity and sexual orientation in an effort to identify and support LGBT students. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa justice who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage retained by voters

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa's voters have retained Justice David Wiggins on the Iowa Supreme Court, following a heated campaign by marriage equality opponents who sought to remove him from the bench following the unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa. [ Read more → ]
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Ann Romney: Marriage equality, abortion ‘not what this election is about’

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday declined several opportunities to discuss her position on same-sex marriage and abortion, calling them "hot button issues" that are not important to voters. [ Read more → ]
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Conflict brewing over marriage equality in Democratic Party Platform

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
There's disagreement over marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, with some party members resisting the move. We have a date for arguments in a new federal case to overturn Nevada's marriage ban. And an Iowa judge who upheld marriage equality has support from across the political spectrum, but is it enough to protect him from a new attack by anti-gay groups? [ Read more → ]
Iowa GOP party chairman, A.J. Spiker

Iowa GOP party chairman seeks to oust Justice over gay marriage vote

Thursday, August 2, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The chairman of the Iowa state Republican Party is pushing for the removal of another Iowa Supreme Court Justice who voted as part of a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

House OK’s amendment to Defense bill to prohibit gay unions on military bases

Friday, July 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that would prohibit military chaplains from performing same-sex ceremonies and would prevent military installations from being used for such ceremonies. [ Read more → ]
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Reception hall manager bans lesbian couple, refuses to ‘celebrate that sin’

Saturday, June 23, 2012
MOLINE, Ill. — A same-sex couple from Davenport, Iowa this week said they were told they could not rent a reception hall in neighboring Moline, Ill., because the couple is gay. [ Read more → ]
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NAACP conference leader resigns over group’s support of marriage equality

Thursday, June 7, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Rev. Keith Ratliff, president of the Iowa and Nebraska conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has resigned over the group's national board resolution in support of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Agreement reached in dispute over award presentation for gay Iowa teen

Saturday, May 12, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An agreement has been reached between the Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, and The Eychaner Foundation, a gay rights advocacy group, to allow an openly gay student to be presented with his scholarship award during the upcoming graduation ceremony. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy group banned from presenting scholarship to gay teen at awards ceremony

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
CLINTON, Iowa -- A Catholic school in Iowa has refused to allow a gay rights advocacy group to present a $40,000 scholarship to an openly gay senior during his upcoming graduation ceremony. [ Read more → ]
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Sioux City Journal devotes front page to bullying following gay teen’s suicide

Monday, April 23, 2012
The Sioux City Journal on Sunday devoted its front page to the topic of bullying, a response to the recent suicide of Kenneth Weishuhn, a 14-year-old gay teen who had been bullied at school after coming out to his friends. [ Read more → ]
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Family of gay teen who committed suicide: teasing led to bullying, death threats

Monday, April 16, 2012
PRIMGHAR, Iowa -- The family of a gay Iowa teen who committed suicide over the weekend, is speaking out, and say that anti-gay bullying is the reason Kenneth Weishuhn Jr., took his own life. [ Read more → ]
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Iowa teen commits suicide; family says he was bullied because he was gay

Monday, April 16, 2012
PRIMGHAR, Iowa -- Authorities in O'Brien County, Iowa are investigating the death of Kenneth Weishuhn, Jr., 14-year-old gay teen who committed suicide late Saturday night. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage equality opponents, supporters rally at Iowa state capitol

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hundreds of gay marriage opponents gathered at the Iowa state capitol on Tuesday, where they prayed, sang and lobbied lawmakers to approve a ballot referendum to overturn the state’s marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
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Principal who invited anti-gay Christian band to school assembly resigns

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
DUNKERTON, Iowa -- The high school principal who allowed the Christian rock band Junkyard Prophet to espouse anti-gay, anti-abortion views at a student assembly last week, is resigning, according to school district officials. [ Read more → ]
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