As we discuss the long-term trends of Iowa Constitution-based civil rights, here are some clips from the Iowa Supreme Court decision about same-sex marriage rights.
Some of the questions discussed in front of the Iowa Supreme Court regarding the Varnum v. Obrien ruling included:
- Does approving same-sex marriage lead to legalized polygamy?
- Does same-sex marriage harm children - is it an optimal arrangement for child raising?
- Does harm come from legalizing same-sex marriage?
- Why does it need to be marriage and not 'civil unions?'
- Does legalizing same-sex marriage create harm - a 'terrible precedent?'
Varnum v Brien Supreme Court Decision
This is the Iowa Supreme Court's posting of the transcript of the justices' opinion on the same-sex marriage case. There are two versions - a brief and a longer version.
Iowa Courage Brief
Several court documents regarding Varnum v. Brien, including the "Courage" brief (which depicts civil rights trends Iowa Constitutional and legislative history) are available for download here.
The Constitution of the State of Iowa and Amendments
This book, published by the State Historical Society of Iowa and Benjamin Franklin Shambaugh in 1922, is completely digitized and available to read on this site.
A Time Line of Civil Rights Decisions in Iowa
This is a time line of a sampling of civil rights issues ruled on by Iowa's courts and legislatures that could be considered 'ahead of their times.'
History of Law Making in Iowa - Iowa Pathways Article
This article describes Iowa's system of law-making.
Civil Rights History - Iowa Pathways Article
This is an article about selected civil rights decisions in Iowa, including women's suffrage, African-American rights regarding "Jim Crow" laws, and the first-amendment rights of high school students in the "Tinker v. Des Moines" case.