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Equal Before the Law free pdf oWeAEve been together in sickness and in health, through the death of his mother, through the adoption of our children, through four long years of this legal battle,o Jason Morgan told reporters of himself and his partner, Chuck Swaggerty. oAnd if being together through all of that isnAEt love and commitment or isnAEt family or isnAEt marriage, then I donAEt know what is.o Just minutes earlier on that day, April 3, 2009, the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court had agreed. The courtAEs decision in Varnum v. Brien made Iowa only the third state in the nation to permit same-sex couples to wedumoderate, midwestern Iowa, years before such left-leaning coastal states as California and New York. And unlike the earlier decisions in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Varnum v. Brien was unanimous and unequivocal. It catalyzed the unprecedented and rapid shift in law and public opinion that continues today. Equal Before the Law tells the stories behind this critical battle in the fight for marriage equality and traces the decisionAEs impact. The struggle began in 1998 with the easy passage of IowaAEs Defense of Marriage Act and took a turn, surprising to many, in 2005, when six ordinary Iowa couples signed on to Lambda LegalAEs suit against the law. Their triumph in 2009 sparked a conservative backlash against the supreme court justices, three of whom faced tough retention elections that fall. Longtime, award-winning reporters Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen talked with and researched dozens of key figures, including opponent Bob Vander Plaats, proponents Janelle Rettig and Sharon Malheiro, attorneys Roger Kuhle, Dennis Johnson, and Camilla Taylor, and politicians Matt McCoy, Mary Lundby, and Tom Vilsack, who had to weigh their careers against their convictions. Justice Mark Cady, who wrote the decision, explains why the court had to rule in favor of the plaintiffs. At the center of the story are the six couples who sacrificed their privacy to demand public respect for their families. Through these voices, Witosky and Hansen show that no one should have been surprised by the 2009 decision. Iowans have a long history of leadership on civil rights. Just a year after Iowa became a state, its citizens adopted as their motto the phrase, oOur liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.o And they still do today.

About Tom Witosky

For thirty-three years, Tom Witosky covered Iowa politics, law, business, and sports for the Des Moines Register , reporting many major stories and gaining a reputation for innovative investigative journalism. One of the first investigative sports reporters in the country, he made sports news a regular front-page feature both at home and nationally. Marc Hansen spent over thirty years writing sports, metro, and feature-page columns for the Des Moines Register , often posting the paperAEs highest readership numbers and winning numerous awards.

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Author : Tom Witosky
Publisher : University of Iowa Press
Data Published : 30 June 2015
ISBN : 1609383494
EAN : 9781609383497
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 228 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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