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Iowans Celebrate Four Years of Marriage Equality

On this date in 2009, Iowa became the first Midwestern state and third state in the nation to recognize marriage equality.

The Iowa state Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous 7-0 decision that the equal protection provision of the Iowa Constitution guaranteed gay and lesbian couples the same right to marry as heterosexual couples.

One Iowa estimates that roughly 6,000 same-sex couples have wed in Iowa over the past four years. This past election year, HRC fought to maintain an unbiased judiciary in Iowa, despite efforts by right-wing groups to unseat Iowa Justice David Wiggins who ruled in favor of marriage equality during the Varnum v. Brien case.

Congratulations to Iowa on four years of marriage equality. Learn more about relationship recognition laws in your state and HRC’s work to advance marriage equality across the country by visiting our Marriage Center.

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