Gay Marriage Ruling Friday

The Iowa Supreme Court has announced that it will be releasing its ruling in the Varnum v. Brien gay marriage case at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Should make for an interesting, possibly historic, day.

Perhaps the timing, during the ongoing legislative session, means the court will uphold the statutory same-sex marriage ban struck down by a district judge in 2007. Striking it down now likely would  set off an immediate legislative battle over passing a constitutional ban before lawmakers adjourn this month. It would take passage in 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions to put it on the Nov. 2010 ballot.

(UPDATE —  O. Kay Henderson reports at her blog that Republican leaders aren’t exactly anxious to tackle the issue this late in the session. Perhaps that “immediate battle” will wait a year.)

It’s also possible that the court will find some procedural route to avoid making a sweeping determination. Anything’s possible.

This is edge-of-your-seat stuff. I know I’ll be in early.

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  1. Iowa Cynic

    Thanks for the heads up. Anti-gay folks are on the wrong side on this one. History will see them as we see the various bigots of yesteryear.

    The state is searching for something to attract young people. Allowing gay marriage would signal that Iowa is a place for open minded, forward thinking people. Gays are going to be permitted to marry, whether it’s now or it’s 20 years from now. The bulk of young people are not homophobes and the bulk of old people (many of whom are homophobes) are going to be dead then. Good riddance.

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