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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
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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Iowa Senate panel advances bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Iowa could become the third state in the nation to ban controversial conversion therapy techniques designed to change the sexual orientation of LGBT youth. ...

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Iowa venue settles bias complaint filed by gay couple, will discontinue all weddings

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Görtz Haus owners Betty and Richard Odgaard
The owners of a gallery and bistro who refused to hold a same-sex wedding ceremony at their central Iowa business have stopped doing weddings altogether. ...

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Iowa governor deposed in discrimination case of gay former state administrator

Friday, November 28, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- This was probably not the way Gov. Terry Branstad wanted to spend his Thanksgiving week: Being questioned under oath for hours about his treatment of a gay former state administrator. ...

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Iowa women who married after 72 years together tell their story

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes
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, ...

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