State Laws and Legislation

Iowa Marriage/Relationship Recognition Law

Licenses marriages for same-sex couples? Yes.

On April 3, 2009, the Iowa supreme court decided Varnum v. Brien, No. 07-1499, ruling that the state constitution guarantees gay and lesbian couples the equal right to marry. The decision became effective on April 27, 2009.

Honors marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions? Yes.


Any form of statewide relationship recognition for same-sex couples?
On April 3, 2009, the Iowa supreme court decided Varnum v. Brien, No. 07-1499, ruling that the state constitution guarantees gay and lesbian couples the equal right to marry. The decision became effective on April 27, 2009.
Citation: Varnum v. Brien (Iowa Supreme Court 2009).

Updated: Sun, April 26, 2009 - 11:00:20