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LOOK: Iowa Lesbian Couple Weds After 72 Years Together

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Proving it's never too late for a white wedding, Vivian Boyack and Alice "Nonie" Dubes were married Sept. 6 after 72 years together. As The Quad C...

SAY WHAT: Wedding Venue Which Rejected Gay Couple Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A popular Iowa wedding venue which made national headlines after turning away a gay couple has decided to fight back against the backlash. Görtz ...

Why Our Straight Wedding Just Got Political

Sarah Hankel-Hoffman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Hankel-Hoffman

It is our lifetime conviction that all people are created equal, and it is our belief that good people subscribe to the "golden rule" that has resulted in our decision to withdraw our reservation to hold our wedding reception at the Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 2013.

Why This Gay Couple Was Rejected By A Wedding Venue In Iowa

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

An Iowa-based gay couple is crying foul after being turned away by a local wedding venue's owners, who cited their religious beliefs in rejecting the ...

A Moment in Time

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

Last year, my partner Sumitra and I moved to Iowa to get married. After 26 years, we will finally tie the knot this fall in Des Moines. And it occurred to me the night of the Supreme Court rulings that my marriage would mean so much more now.

Minnesota To Compete With Iowa For Gay Wedding Tourism Market

AP | By CATHERINE LUCEY | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — During four years as the only Midwestern state to offer same-sex marriage, Iowa has seen thousands of couples travel to the ...

'Ridiculous' Amendment Looks To Cut Pay Of State Justices

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

Conservative lawmakers in Iowa say they're seeking to "maintain the balance of power" in government with an amendment that would reduce the salaries o...

Celebrating Four Years Of Equality In The Heartland

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

Four years ago today, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled that excluding gay and lesbian couples from marriage violated the promise of equal protection and was thus unconstitutional, and our state became only the third in the nation to extend the freedom to marry to them.

14-Year-Old Talks Having Two Moms And Why Marriage Matters

Kate Perino | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kate Perino

Today, March 26, and tomorrow, March 27, the Supreme Court will address the question of whether all Americans have the freedom to marry the person they love. The children being raised by LGBT parents are in an excellent position to answer that question, and they are speaking out.

The Bipartisan/Nonpartisan Push For Marriage Equality

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

The Republican Party was founded on principles of individual liberty and limited government, and what could be more antithetical to those principles than telling someone that they can't marry the person they love? We know that these conversations are happening around the country.

Fight Against Gay Marriage? Not If Iowa's GOP Wants Young Voters

Iowa City Patch | Stephen Schmidt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Gay and lesbian campus groups and College Republicans haven't exactly been friendly to one another over the years, in Iowa or the rest of the country....

Court Official Accused Of Gay Marriage Fraud

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A rural Iowa court official filed false documents to say she had married a same-sex couple from Florida, even though she never...

84 Days Till Minnesota Votes On My Family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

There was a feeling of safety in Iowa that does not exist in Minnesota. In Iowa I didn't feel as if part of me was gearing up for an attack on my humanity, always watching for the dangers that accompany that.

Iowa Dems Embrace Gay Marriage As A 'Civil Right'

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

The Iowa Democratic party is set to declare gay marriage a "civil right" in its 2012 platform. The proposal, which will be debated and ratified on Jun...

Marion, IA: Married Gays In Iowa Live With Uncertainty | Posted 01.20.2012 | Home

"It is ridiculous that my future is in question because of how other people feel about it ... They don't know me."...

Mollie Reilly

Marriage Equality Good For Iowa's Economy | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- The legalization of marriage equality in Iowa created a miniature economic stimulus, according to a new study. A study by the Califor...

Michele Bachmann: People Of Iowa Didn't Want Gay Marriage

Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann would turn back the clock on gay marriage in Iowa if she was elected - because that's what the people of I...

Iowa Special Election Could Stall Progressive Advances

Iowa City Patch | B.A. Morelli | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

Depending on the outcome of an unexpected election scheduled for Nov. 8, gay marriage in Iowa could be at risk. Unions are under threat, too. Nucl...

Lesbian Rep. Goes Out Of State To Marry Longtime Partner

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

Illinois State Representative Deb Mell recently married longtime partner Christin Baker in a quiet wedding ceremony performed by a judge in Davenport,...

Same-Sex Marriage Is Not A Matter For Ballots

Eliot Daley | Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion
Eliot Daley

Voting is for communal preferences not for civil rights. Rights are permanent and cannot be retracted by the preferences expressed in a majority vote.

Iowa Marriage Pledge Drops Reference To Slavery

Posted 09.10.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) An Iowa-based conservative Christian organization has removed controversial language abo...

Gay Couples Have Equal Worth

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

"Here's to including, not excluding, kindhearted people ... who want nothing more than to find the right person, settle down, and one day perhaps get married."

Congressman Proudly Describes Taking On 'Screaming, Profane Gays'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is a proud opponent of marriage equality, a trait that he touted openly this weekend at the annual Conservative Political Act...

The Pain of Being Gay on Valentine's Day

Loren A. Olson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Loren A. Olson, M.D.

I discovered why people love Valentine's Day. I had found dimensions of loving others in ways I had never known. The joys of that love have made it possible to endure the risks of loving another.

Iowa Student 'Humbled' By Attention To Gay Marriage Speech

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

When 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student Zach Wahls made an explosive speech this week in defense of gay marriage, he didn't expect his...