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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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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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Biden at Iowa fundraiser: Marriage equality is ‘the civil rights of our day’

Monday, September 16, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden speaks during Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising steak fry dinner, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Vice-President Joe Biden, speaking at a high profile fundraiser in Iowa on Sunday, took the opportunity to trumpet his own accomplishments, including his support for same-sex marriage that many credit was the catalyst that helped President Barack Obama to finally "evolve" on the issue. [...]

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Man appeals sex offender conviction in HIV notification law

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Nick Rhoades
DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa man with HIV sentenced to 25 years in prison for not telling a sex partner that he carried the virus appealed to the Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday. [...]

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Another setback for NOM: Iowa ethics board to keep executive in investigation

Thursday, August 22, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board voted Wednesday not to remove its executive director from an investigation into whether the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) violated state law by not disclosing campaign donors. [...]

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Iowa ethics board to investigate National Organization for Marriage

Thursday, August 8, 2013
National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown at an anti-gay marriage rally.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board voted Thursday to investigate whether a national group that opposes gay marriage violated state law. [...]

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Iowa couple turned away from wedding facility because they are gay

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
GRIMES, Iowa -- A same-sex couple in Iowa says they were turned away from a wedding venue facility after the owners found out they are gay. [...]

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Bullied gay teen is fifth suicide at Iowa high school in past 5 years

Monday, July 29, 2013
AJ Betts
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — Alexander (AJ) Betts, a 16-year-old gay teen, took his own life over the weekend, becoming the fifth student from a suburban Des Moines, Iowa, high school to do so in the past five years. [...]

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