Dec 08, 2008

Marriage Notes From Here and There

News about same-sex marriage is everywhere. Just a couple of tidbits for today:

This week, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments about same-sex marriage. In 2007, a Circuit Court judge in Iowa declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling until the Supreme Court had a chance to hear the case (one couple got married before the stay, and the validity of their marriage hangs in the balance along with the fate of the rest of the gay Iowans). An interesting element of this case is that if the court upholds the lower court's opinion and finds the ban unconstitutional, it will be much more difficult for the anti-marriage forces to overturn the opinion with a constitutional amendment, as happened in California. A constitutional amendment in Iowa requires majority approval of the legislature in two consecutive sessions, followed by a majority vote of the electorate.

Next, Newsweek's cover story makes the case for same-sex marriage on the basis of the Bible, of all things. It's a very cool article; check it out.

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