Iowa began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on April 27, following a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court , making Iowa the fourth U. Same-sex couples may also adopt, and state laws ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Prior to European settlement of Iowa in the early 19th century, several Native American tribes inhabited the region. These include the Dakota and Omaha peoples. Among these people groups, perceptions toward gender and sexuality differed significantly to that of the Western world.
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Iowa's supreme court legalised gay marriage today in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third US state and the first in the country's heartland to allow same-sex couples to wed. The mid-western state's top court upheld a lower court ruling that the state law allowing marriage only between a man and a woman is a violation of the Iowa constitution. It will be at least several weeks before gay and lesbian couples can seek marriage licenses. Court rules say it takes about about 21 days for the decision to be considered final, and a request for a rehearing could be filed within that period.
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Conservative Iowa lawmakers are advancing a bill that would change the long-standing way judges are selected in the state. Critics of the legislation , introduced in early February, say it is motivated by displeasure over state courts blocking abortion and same-sex marriage bans. In , voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring that Iowa justices be chosen using a merit selection system in which the governor appoints judges from candidates selected by nominating commissions. Half of the nominating commission members, a mix of lawyers and other Iowans, are, in turn, chosen by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. Marriage licenses became available to same-sex couples on April In , six same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Iowa filed a lawsuit in Polk County.