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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New polling reveals increasing support for marriage equality

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- There's been a ton of new polling data from around the country, and it's all encouraging. And more bad news for the National Organization for Marriage: they're under investigation by the Minnesota Elections Board, and the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to play along with their attempts to hide donors. [ Read more → ]

Christian band condemns homosexuality, abortion at school assembly

Friday, March 9, 2012
DUNKERTON, Iowa -- School officials at Dunkerton High School were expecting to deliver a positive message about good choices when they invited the Christian rock bank Junkyard Dog to perform at a student assembly, but instead were treated to a lecture condemning homosexuality and abortion. [ Read more → ]

Ousted Iowa Supreme Court justices to receive JFK ‘Profiles in Courage’ award

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
BOSTON -- Three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were ousted from the bench in a retention vote after ruling that Iowa's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, will be honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, according to an announcement by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. [ Read more → ]

Majority of Iowans opposed to constitutional ban on gay marriage

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A majority of Iowans oppose a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, according to a recently released poll by the Des Moines Register. [ Read more → ]

Des Moines church, pastor under fire for ‘Gay is not Okay’ sign

Friday, February 10, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A suburban South Des Moines, Iowa church is under fire after its Pastor Mike DeMastus posted the message “Gay is not okay” on the church's marquee sign. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal sues Iowa for erasing lesbian mother’s name from baby’s death certificate

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Lambda Legal on Wednesday filed suit against the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) on behalf of a married lesbian couple from Iowa who are seeking an accurate death certificate for their stillborn baby, Brayden. [ Read more → ]
Heather (left) and Melissa Gartner, with daughter Mackenzie.

Iowa judge orders new birth certificate with married lesbian parent’s names

Thursday, January 5, 2012
DES MOINES -- A Polk County, Iowa judge on Wednesday ruled that the Iowa Department of Public Health must issue a new birth certificate in the names of a lesbian couple who are the parents of a now 2-year-old girl. [ Read more → ]

Bachmann’s exit from presidential race cheered by LGBT advocates

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Wednesday announced her exit from the race for the White House — much to the delight of LGBT advocates who abhorred the anti-gay positions she espoused during her campaign. [ Read more → ]

2011: An ‘epic year of transformation’ for marriage equality in the U.S.

Saturday, December 31, 2011
One leading advocate called 2011 an “epic” year for marriage equality. Was it? While only one state -- New York -- enacted full marriage rights for same-sex couples, it was the most populous state to do so. Five other states also moved closer to marriage equality than ever before. Public opinion shifted dramatically towards supporting equality. And the Obama administration announced that it no longer considers a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act constitutional. [ Read more → ]
Bob Vander Plaats

Vander Plaats’ pay-for-play scandal: Charged a million bucks for endorsement

Friday, December 23, 2011
Bob Vander Plaats’ endorsement of Rick Santorum has produced a backlash among conservatives in Iowa, some of whom are accusing the "Family Leader"president of engaging in “pay for play” schemes and selling his coveted support to the highest bidder. [ Read more → ]
Scott Arnold

Gingrich’s message to gay Americans: Vote for Obama

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- At a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Tuesday, GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich told a longtime resident of Oskaloosa that he should vote for President Obama rather than expect his support of gay Americans. [ Read more → ]
Marcus and Michele Bachmann

Bachmanns: No gay kids in our family, the Kinsey report is ‘a myth’

Monday, December 19, 2011
CLARION, Iowa -- Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, stumping in Iowa with her husband Marcus on Sunday, dismissed a self-described "gay-friendly Iowan," telling her that the Kinsey Report has "been a myth for several years." [ Read more → ]
Rick Perry

On ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Perry tells bisexual teen: ‘Homosexuality is a sin’

Monday, December 19, 2011
DECORAH, Iowa -- At a campaign stop in Iowa on Sunday, Texas Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry found himself explaining to a 14-year-old girl -- who later told reporters she was bisexual -- why he opposed gays serving openly in the military. [ Read more → ]
Newt Gingrich

Gingrich attacks LGBT community on ‘choice,’ marriage, military service

Thursday, December 15, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa -- GOP presidential hopeful and front runner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, on Thursday attacked the LGBTQ community, first on the subject of same-sex marriage, and then on the topics of sexual orientation and the repeal of "Don't Ask-Don't Tell." [ Read more → ]
Newt Gingrich

Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich vows fidelity, affirms opposition to gay marriage

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich has affirmed his support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but stopped short of signing a controversial marriage pledge that calls for "vigorous" opposition to same-sex marriage rights. [ Read more → ]
Rick Perry

Rick Perry heckled in Iowa for demonizing gays in recent campaign ad

Sunday, December 11, 2011
AMES, Iowa -- Texas Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry was met by hecklers during a campaign stop in Ames, Iowa on Sunday, continuing to catch heat for an anti-gay campaign ad released last week in which he said that gays serving openly in the military is a sign of what's wrong with America. [ Read more → ]

Iowa baker says no to lesbians’ wedding cake because she’s a Christian

Monday, November 14, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A lesbian couple in Iowa -- where gay marriage is legal -- was caught off guard when the baker they approached for their wedding cake told them that she is Christian, and because of her convictions couldn't bake their cake. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality activists raising the stakes from coast to coast

Monday, November 14, 2011
A victory for DOMA repeal in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but now it faces even greater hurdles in the full Senate. An election night victory in Iowa means marriage is safe, for now; but polling in Minnesota shows cause for alarm. Activists raise the stakes in Washington, Maryland, Oregon, and Maine. [ Read more → ]
Cindy Golding

National Organization for Marriage now attacking candidate it supported

Thursday, November 10, 2011
The National Organization for Marriage is finally commenting on its embarrassing loss Tuesday night in the Iowa state senatorial election. From NOM Cultural Director Thomas Peters comes a tweet which should be remembered. [ Read more → ]

Big night for openly LGBT candidates in state, local races across the nation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It was a big night for many openly gay and lesbian candidates across the nation, with several races resulting in first-time victories for openly LGBT candidates in several state and local governments. [ Read more → ]
Liz Mathis

Democrats retain control of Iowa senate, blocking GOP efforts to repeal gay marriage

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Iowa Democrat Liz Mathis was victorious in a special Iowa state Senate race on Tuesday, allowing her party to retain control of the chamber, blocking Republican efforts to overturn the state's gay marriage law. [ Read more → ]

Santorum: Civil laws on same-sex marriage must comport with God’s law

Saturday, November 5, 2011
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, staying laser focused on his anti-gay platform, told Iowa voters this week that civil laws relating to same-sex marriage must "comport with God's law." [ Read more → ]

Lawmaker: gay marriage is ‘an active effort to desecrate a sacrament of the church’

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Less than a month after his speech to the Values Voter Summit, in which he claimed that marriage equality was an “assault” by the left to destroy America’s foundations, U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) equated legalizing marriage for same-sex couples to desecrating the Eucharist. Speaking... [ Read more → ]

Iowa congressman: Marriage equality will erode America’s foundations

Friday, October 7, 2011
Iowa congressman Steve King, who once claimed that gay rights will lead to children raised in warehouses, told the Values Voter Summit that marriage equality for gays and lesbians will lead to the downfall of civilization. [ Read more → ]
Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor: No connection between anti-gay marriage sentiment and teen’s murder

Monday, August 29, 2011
Iowa’s Republican Governor Terry Branstad on Monday said “there’s no connection at all between Iowa’s debate over gay marriage rights and the death of Waterloo teen Marcellus Andrews.” [ Read more → ]
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