Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Same sex marriage in Iowa, and New England

Another legally banned transaction between two willing adults that some third parties find repugnant has fallen, this time in Iowa: Gay Marriages Expected to Begin in Iowa April 24.

The different roles of judges, politicians, and voters in this matter are interesting to consider.

"The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a lower-court ruling that rejected a state law restricting marriage to a union between a man and woman.
"Only Massachusetts and Connecticut currently permit same-sex marriage. For six months last year, California's high court allowed gay marriage before voters banned it in November."

In MA and CT also, the ban on same-sex marriage was ended by judges, not legislators or voters.

Now in Vermont, a legislature has moved: Vermont Legislature Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal .

"The Vermont Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing gay couples to marry, mustering one more vote than needed to preserve the measure.
The step makes Vermont the first state to allow same-sex marriage through legislative action instead of a court ruling. The law goes into effect Sept. 1."

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