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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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Iowa judge says transgender woman faced discrimination

Monday, March 11, 2013
Jodie JonesImage via Iowa City Press-Citizen
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A state administrative law judge has ruled that a transgender woman should not have been ordered out of a courthouse women's restroom by a sheriff's deputy. [...]

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Iowa House GOP seeks to restore state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republicans are again proposing a change in the Iowa Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull, Iowa), introduced a joint resolution Tuesday signed by 34 other House Republicans. [...]

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Iowa GOP try for statewide vote to bring an end to same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Republican state senator has introduced legislation that would begin the process of referring a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to Iowa voters. [...]

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Iowa judge: Lesbian couple should receive accurate death certificate for stillborn child

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Jessica and Jenny Buntemeyervia: Lambda Legal
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa court has ordered the state's Department of Public Health to give a married lesbian couple an accurate death certificate for their son, Brayden, who was stillborn in October 2011. [...]

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University of Iowa to ask students about sexual orientation, gender identity

Sunday, December 16, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has become the nation’s first public university to ask incoming students about their gender identity and sexual orientation in an effort to identify and support LGBT students. [...]

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Iowa justice who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage retained by voters

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
David Wiggins
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa's voters have retained Justice David Wiggins on the Iowa Supreme Court, following a heated campaign by marriage equality opponents who sought to remove him from the bench following the unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa. [...]

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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
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 [...]

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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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