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 NOM still circumventing campaign finance laws for donor secrecy

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The nation’s leading anti-gay group, the National Organization for Marriage, opposes marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, and earlier this month, many of the leading Republican presidential candidates signed NOM’s pledge calling for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. NOM has... [ Read more → ]
Marcellus Andrews

Iowa student dies after brutal beating in which attackers shouted gay slurs

Monday, August 22, 2011
Police have confirmed the death of a 19-year-old college student in Waterloo, Iowa, who was brutally beaten in the early morning hours on Friday, and whose attackers shouted anti-gay slurs and kicked him in the face. [ Read more → ]
Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann — The Rise of Christian Theocracy

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Though many individuals assert that Michele Bachmann is a "show" candidate, and that serious candidates, such as Rick Perry or Mitt Romney, will most likely be the Republican nominee for President, Bachmann's first place finish at the Ames straw poll is not something to scoff at, and she is certainly a candidate that warrants scrutiny. [ Read more → ]
Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty bows out of presidential race after disappointing Iowa straw poll

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who just weeks ago denounced gay marriage by saying it “defies common sense,” has abandoned his campaign for the presidency. [ Read more → ]

Republican presidential candidates pushed to move even farther to the right

Friday, August 12, 2011
In the third nationally televised GOP presidential debate, none of the eight candidates on the stage strayed from their already stated positions on marriage for same-sex couples, but there was some pushing and prodding for several of the candidates to move even farther to the right. [ Read more → ]

Bachmanns attend church service denouncing gays as ‘immoral and unnatural’

Monday, August 8, 2011
Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, who recently sidestepped reporter’s question about her views on gay marriage — calling it a “frivolous” matter — sure does love herself a good ole, Bible thumping, anti-gay sermon. [ Read more → ]

NOM’s ‘Values Voter” bus tour will spread ‘Santorum’ and general homophobia

Saturday, August 6, 2011
NOM’s “Values Bus” tour ought to be interesting in a nauseatingly sort of way. And I know that there are many in the lgbtq community hoping for some type of “Road to Damascus” conversion by some of the attendants or at the very least, a complete bus break down in the middle of lonely road in the blazing heat or even better – in the dead of night... [ Read more → ]

NOM, Family Research Council launch ‘Values Voter’ Iowa bus tour

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, and the Susan B. Anthony List have launched the 2011 Values Bus Iowa Tour. [ Read more → ]
Kaufmann (left), and Vander Plaats

Iowa Republican strongly rebukes Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats

Friday, July 22, 2011
In a sharply worded email, Iowa House Republican Speaker Pro-Tempore Jeff Kaufmann rebuked former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, asserting that he quickly losing political credibility. [ Read more → ]
Bob Vander Plaats

Head of Iowa anti-gay Family Leader enjoys a lame joke at the expense of ‘fags’

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
In a short video clip released Tuesday by independent watch-dog group Think Progress, the homophobic president of the anti-gay, conservative christian group "The Family Leader" is seen erupting in laughter at after being told a joke about "fags." [ Read more → ]

Ladies of ‘The View’ go off on The Family Leader’s anti-gay marriage vow

Monday, July 11, 2011
Whoopi Goldberg and the ladies of "The View" went off on the anti-gay pledge that asks GOP presidential hopefuls to oppose any “redefinition of marriage,” and likens same-sex couples to polygamists and adulterers. [ Read more → ]
Gary Johnson

Former NM governor: Family Leader pledge ‘offensive to principles of liberty and freedom’

Sunday, July 10, 2011
GOP Presidential hopeful and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson blasted the social pledge unveiled by Iowa homophobe Bob Vander Plaats, calling it “offensive to the principles of liberty and freedom on which this country was founded.” [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum ‘taken aback’ but ‘certainly comfortable’ signing anti-gay pledge

Sunday, July 10, 2011
No surprise here — GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is on board with the anti-gay pledge that requires candidates to be faithful to their spouses, and “vigorously oppose” same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
Michele Bachmann

Sign me up! Michele Bachmann first GOP presidential hopeful to sign anti-gay pledge

Friday, July 8, 2011
A prominent Iowa social conservative group called “The Family Leader” has convinced Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to sign a pledge to uphold “traditional marriage” and ban all forms of pornography. [ Read more → ]
Bob Vander Plaats

Iowa group wants GOP presidential hopefuls to sign anti-gay marriage pledge

Thursday, July 7, 2011
An Iowa-based Christian conservative group, The Family Leader, on Thursday unveiled a pledge asking Republican presidential candidates to be faithful to their spouses, and work tirelessly to oppose same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Zach Wahls wishes his moms, and all moms, a Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8, 2011
Zach Wahls wishes his moms, and all moms, a very Happy Mother's Day. [ Read more → ]

Iowa lawmakers seek to impeach Supreme Court justices; effort appears doomed

Friday, April 22, 2011
Five Iowa GOP lawmakers filed resolutions in the state House on Thursday seeking to impeach the remaining four Iowa Supreme Court justices who issued an April 2009 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, but their efforts were squashed on Friday by the House Speaker. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage foe: Homosexuality a ‘public health risk’ akin to ‘secondhand smoke’

Sunday, April 10, 2011
Iowa's social conservative groups are working to overturn the state's marriage equality law, and that includes former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Iowa Family Leader, who has called homosexuality "a public health risk." [ Read more → ]

Newt Gingrich: presidential bid, or just stoking for more anti-gay dollars?

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Educated people who know someone gay are often the most likely to stand up for gay people and support their right to be treated the same as everyone else. Not so with Newt Gingrich... [ Read more → ]

Poll: Iowans less interested in gay marriage than legislators think

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Marriage equality has been an intensely debated social issue in Iowa ever since the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, but a new poll suggests many Iowans are either conflicted or just aren't interested in the debate. [ Read more → ]

Iowa GOP proposes measure to halt issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
GOP lawmakers in Iowa's House are putting forward a bill that would prohibit the state's county recorders from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a public vote on a constitutional amendment is passed. [ Read more → ]

Iowa teen who testified in support of marriage equality appears on ‘Ellen’

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student who spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum over an amendment that seeks to repeal the state’s marriage equality law, appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show today. [ Read more → ]
Jean Argus

Iowa grandmother ‘outraged’ over efforts to repeal marriage equality

Monday, February 14, 2011
An 80-year-old grandmother has taken to YouTube to speak out on marriage equality, her gay son, his marriage and her outrage over the effect the gay marriage debate is having on her and her family. [ Read more → ]
Richard Anderson

Iowa lawmaker introduces bill allowing discrimination against married gays

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
DES MOINES -- An Iowa House Republican has introduced legislation that would allow for legally protected discriminatory business practices -- based on religious grounds -- against those in a same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Tim Pawlenty

Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty underscores right-wing credentials

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Unannounced Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty underscored his right-wing credentials Monday, affirming that he opposes repealing the ban on gays in the military, and that he believes marriage is “between a man and a woman.” [ Read more → ]
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