Wahls gave a three-minute speech Tuesday before Iowa legislators urging them not to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and civil unions. His words went viral across the Internet and had nearly a half million hits on YouTube today. Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero affect on the content of my character. Introducing himself as a "sixth-generation Iowan," Wahls said he had achieved the Boy Scouts' highest rank and attained a 99th percentile on his college aptitude test.
Iowa Justice Who Ruled for Gay Marriage Faces Test That Peers Failed
Iowa's gay marriage plaintiffs are proud 6 years later
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage five years ago Thursday had a profound effect on the ongoing movement for equality for gays and lesbians and on three of the justices who decided the case — and lost their jobs because of it. When Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices Michael Streit and David Baker faced a retention election in November , they met a backlash-fueled campaign, funded in part by out-of-state interest groups. A combined three decades of experience on the Iowa Supreme Court ended in a single day. They also continue to stand up for judicial independence, as they did in , when they received the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
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The Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third state — and first in the nation's heartland — to allow same-sex couples to wed. Iowa joins only Massachusetts and Connecticut in permitting same-sex marriage. For six months last year, California's high court allowed gay marriage before voters banned it in November. The Iowa justices upheld a lower-court ruling that rejected a state law restricting marriage to a union between a man and woman. The county attorney who defended the law said he would not seek a rehearing.