The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Friday finding that the state’s same-sex-marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making Iowa the third state where marriage is legal.
In its decision, the court upheld a 2007 district court judge’s ruling that the law violates the state constitution. It strikes the language from Iowa code limiting marriage to only between a man a woman.
“The court reaffirmed that a statute inconsistent with the Iowa constitution must be declared void even though it may be supported by strong and deep-seated traditional beliefs and popular opinion,” said a summary of the ruling issued by the court.
Are you sure we are talking about Iowa? A unanimous decision? All the others like New Hampshire or California were split decisions, but Iowa?
This is a great civil rights victory for gays and will be interesting to see where it will lead. Will other states follow suit?
First of all…HaHaHaHaha!….and just when was this gonna occur?
Stop! Stop! My side is hurting…I need a moment to gather myself!
“I must say I’m disappointed,” Senate Minority Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “After two months, the president has not governed in the middle as I had hoped he would. But it’s not too late. He’s only been in office a couple of months. Still before him are the opportunities to deal with us on a truly bipartisan basis,” the Republican told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
I was just wondering when the GOP was planning to do the bi-partisan thing, so far all the NOs have not been anywhere close to the concept.
Now the Repubs are warning that bi-partisanship is once again in danger. A congressional tactic described as a “freight train” to run over the minority party could derail any hopes of bipartisanship with the Obama administration, some Republicans warn.
“Reconciliation” is a procedure that could put some of President Obama’s major initiatives, such as overhauling health care, on the fast track to becoming law if lawmakers adopt it in their budget resolution.
The process would allow senators to cut off debate on some legislation with 51 votes — a simple majority — instead of the 60 usually required.
Senate Republicans said they worry the process effectively could silence any voice they have in negotiations since Democrats would not need their votes to move ahead with Obama’s agenda. (The Democrats have 58 votes, including two independents, and Republicans have 41.)
Would this be the same tactic used during the Bush admin to get around the Dems at the time? Did not seem to be much bi-partisanship concern in those days. Funny how being in a minority will strengthen the desire for a more bi-partisan approach to governing.
Sorry, I digress. The Repubs cannot blame the President or the Dems for killing bi-partisanship, they have done all they could to see that it has died since January of this year. It is more like that they have their jaws outta joint because they are no longer relevant to the governing of the country. And the more they say NO they less relevant they become. The more they blame the president the more they look pathetic.