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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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Gay couple awarded $147K in Council Bluffs, Iowa discrimination suit

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A jury in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has awarded a gay couple $147,000 in their discrimination lawsuit.

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Iowa governor says he’ll try again to advance statewide anti-bullying effort

| Sunday, June 9, 2013
Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill designed to crack down on so-called cyber-bullying failed to advance in the Iowa state legislature this year, but Gov. Terry Branstad plans to keep working to toughen Iowa's anti bullying laws.

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Iowa anti-gay activist explains his opposition to gay marriage: ‘It’s awful’

MIRANDA BLUE | Right Wing Watch | Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Bob Vander Plaats
KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls on Monday took on the debate about legalizing same-sex marriage in South Dakota by airing a report on how Iowans are faring under that state’s four-year-old marriage equality law.

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Ex-Iowa official guilty of fraud in issuing marriage license to Fla. couple

| Monday, May 6, 2013
Brigitte Van Nice
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A former rural Iowa court official pleaded guilty Monday to forgery for filing false documents to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple from central Florida, in the first case of its kind in Iowa.

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Effort to cut Iowa Supreme Court justice pay over gay marriage vote withdrawn

| Friday, May 3, 2013
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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.

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Iowa Supreme Court: State must recognize both lesbian parents

| Friday, May 3, 2013
Heather (left) and Melissa Gartner, with daughter Mackenzie.
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.

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Iowa GOP lawmakers target Supreme Court justice pay over gay marriage vote

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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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.

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Lawmaker who said gays are a health risk seeks to make amends with gay colleague

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Dennis Guth
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.

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Iowa state senator: Homosexuality poses health risk to him and his family

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Dennis Guth
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.

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Iowa lawmakers threaten to withhold funding if school holds conference for LGBT youth

| Friday, March 29, 2013
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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.

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