Saturday, April 04, 2009

iowa supreme court, ok!

In upholding a lower-court ruling that struck down a state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, the Iowa Supreme Court summarized the issue very well. In one sentence.

The justices wrote: "We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective."


Anyway, not all Iowans are happy at this ruling, which effectively legalizes gay marriage there.

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King said, "This is an unconstitutional ruling and another example of activist judges molding the Constitution to achieve their personal political ends."

1. In our systems it is the courts that determine constitutionality, not whack-job congressmen like King. 2. What personal political ends does he think the entire Iowa Supreme Court is advancing? I doubt any of them run out to get into a same-sex marriage. It amuses and worries me how so many right-wingers take this sort of thing so personally.

After all, gay marriage is just becoming acceptable and in some instances legal. Not mandatory.

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