Will Iowa Affect The Prop 8 Decision?

“Today, the Iowa Supreme Court recognized that the constitutional guarantee of equal protection requires that same-sex couples have ‘full access to the institution of civil marriage.’ The ruling makes clear that civil unions or domestic partnerships cannot meet the demands of full constitutional equality.

“We hope the California Supreme Court will uphold the essential principle of equality regardless of political controversy, just as the Iowa Supreme Court has done. The eyes of California and the world are now on the California Supreme Court, which must determine whether equal protection means equal, and whether Californians will continue to share that equality in the freedom to marry.” -Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Minter was among the pro-marriage equality lawyers who spoke before the California Supreme Court during last month’s hearing on Proposition 8.