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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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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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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: Pray to stop the ‘assault on marriage’

Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Christian Broadcasting Network has released more footage from the recent Religious Right summit in Iowa organized by David Lane and featuring speakers like U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). [...]

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Group says Iowa officials stalling on birth certificates for children of lesbian parents

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Heather (left) and Melissa Gartner, with daughter Mackenzie.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The state's largest gay advocacy group is accusing the Iowa Department of Public Health of needlessly delaying listing both partners in lesbian couples on their children's birth certificates, despite an Iowa Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that it must do so. [...]

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Iowa school won’t allow ‘Laramie Project’ – opts for more ‘family friendly’ fare

Monday, July 22, 2013
OTTUMWA, Iowa — Administrators at a southeast Iowa high school have halted plans for a student production of "The Laramie Project," but the show will go on at a local performing arts center. [...]

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Latest polls mixed on marriage equality, discrimination, religious freedom

Saturday, July 13, 2013
The latest polls released this week affirm growing support for marriage equality in several states around the nation, as well as growing support for LGBT-inclusive workplace protections. But another poll suggests religious freedom should trump discrimination laws. [...]

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Settlement reached in transgender woman’s restroom discrimination complaint

Friday, June 21, 2013
Johnson County courthouse in Iowa City.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Johnson County, Iowa, and its sheriff's department have reached a settlement with a transgender woman over the courthouse's restroom policy. [...]

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