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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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’

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
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 ...

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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
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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