Same-sex marriage was legalized in Iowa following the unanimous ruling of the Iowa Supreme Court in Varnum v. Brien on April 3, 2009.
Tumultuously, over the last nearly two years, Iowans have recalled all three Supreme Court justices who ruled that same sex marriage should be legal.
On Feb 1, 2011, “The Iowa House today, by a vote of 62-37, passed an amendment (House Joint Resolution 6) that would deny any form of legal recognition for gay couples. The amendment seeks to prohibit not only the freedom to marry for gay couples, but also civil unions or domestic partnerships.
The bill now moves on to the Iowa Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to fight attempts to pass the amendment. If passed through both legislative bodies in two consecutive General Assemblies, the issue could be on the ballot as soon as 2013.
In slow free-fall, the state of Iowa attempts to do what was done in California - first recognize the rights of the people, then take them away.
In yesterday's hearings, the people heard from the young man below, Zach Wahl, a native of Iowa. Perhaps some of them listened with an open heart.