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Iowa

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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Ann Romney: Marriage equality, abortion ‘not what this election is about’

| Saturday, September 8, 2012
Ann Romney
Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday declined several opportunities to discuss her position on same-sex marriage and abortion, calling them "hot button issues" that are not important to voters.

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Conflict brewing over marriage equality in Democratic Party Platform

| Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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There's disagreement over marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, with some party members resisting the move. We have a date for arguments in a new federal case to overturn Nevada's marriage ban. And an Iowa judge who upheld marriage equality has support from across the political spectrum, but is it enough to protect him from a new attack by anti-gay groups?

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Iowa GOP party chairman seeks to oust Justice over gay marriage vote

| Thursday, August 2, 2012
Iowa GOP party chairman, A.J. Spiker
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The chairman of the Iowa state Republican Party is pushing for the removal of another Iowa Supreme Court Justice who voted as part of a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

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House OK’s amendment to Defense bill to prohibit gay unions on military bases

| Friday, July 20, 2012
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that would prohibit military chaplains from performing same-sex ceremonies and would prevent military installations from being used for such ceremonies.

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Reception hall manager bans lesbian couple, refuses to ‘celebrate that sin’

| Saturday, June 23, 2012
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MOLINE, Ill. — A same-sex couple from Davenport, Iowa this week said they were told they could not rent a reception hall in neighboring Moline, Ill., because the couple is gay.

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NAACP conference leader resigns over group’s support of marriage equality

| Thursday, June 7, 2012
Rev. Keith Ratliff
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Rev. Keith Ratliff, president of the Iowa and Nebraska conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has resigned over the group's national board resolution in support of same-sex marriage.

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Agreement reached in dispute over award presentation for gay Iowa teen

| Saturday, May 12, 2012
Keaton Fuller
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An agreement has been reached between the Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, and The Eychaner Foundation, a gay rights advocacy group, to allow an openly gay student to be presented with his scholarship award during the upcoming graduation ceremony.

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Advocacy group banned from presenting scholarship to gay teen at awards ceremony

| Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Keaton Fuller
CLINTON, Iowa -- A Catholic school in Iowa has refused to allow a gay rights advocacy group to present a $40,000 scholarship to an openly gay senior during his upcoming graduation ceremony.

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Sioux City Journal devotes front page to bullying following gay teen’s suicide

| Monday, April 23, 2012
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The Sioux City Journal on Sunday devoted its front page to the topic of bullying, a response to the recent suicide of Kenneth Weishuhn, a 14-year-old gay teen who had been bullied at school after coming out to his friends.

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Family of gay teen who committed suicide: teasing led to bullying, death threats

| Monday, April 16, 2012
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PRIMGHAR, Iowa -- The family of a gay Iowa teen who committed suicide over the weekend, is speaking out, and say that anti-gay bullying is the reason Kenneth Weishuhn Jr., took his own life.

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