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

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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
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
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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Iowa man appeals conviction that he violated HIV transmission law

| Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Nick Rhoades
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A gay rights organization says it will appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court the conviction of an Iowa man charged with violating the state's HIV transmission law.

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Iowa venue that refuses gay weddings sues Civil Rights Commission

| Friday, October 11, 2013
Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa.
GRIMES, Iowa -- The owners of a popular Iowa wedding venue have filed a lawsuit against the state's Civil Rights Commission in response to a complaint against them for refusing to host same-sex weddings.

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Court upholds conviction of man who didn’t tell sexual partner he was HIV+

| Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Nick Rhoades
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa man violated the state's HIV transmission law because he didn't disclose he was infected, even though his partner did not acquire the virus and their encounter posed a low risk of transmission, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

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