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Iowa Leading in LGBT Equality Once Again

In the third annual Municipality Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign, each of the five Iowa cities measured scored above the national average.

To Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of One Iowa, this comes as no surprise.

“There’s a sense of fairness and decency that’s so much a part of who Iowans are. We changed the laws, our Supreme Court rules, and that’s all extraordinary, but it really is about how the culture is changing how hearts and minds are changing. What we see here in Iowa is a real movement forward.”

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No Excuse for Inaction

courts-gavelThere are currently 64 vacancies in the federal courts and 32 judicial nominees awaiting approval from the U.S. Senate. This is our current state of the judiciary—and it’s unacceptable. If these nominees do not get confirmed this year, they will likely have to be re-nominated. This would take away from other work the U.S. Senate should be doing, and it would be a waste of taxpayer money.

During the next month and a half—generally referred to as the “lame duck” session—it’s imperative for the U.S. Senate to keep doing the people’s business. We know that needless delays hurt Iowans and Americans across the country, who are entitled to a fully staffed judiciary that will ensure justice is served on a range of important issues, addressing clean air and water, immigration, bankruptcy, and violations of the Constitution and federal law. The judiciary needs to be staffed in order to make sure that justice is served, and served in a timely manner.

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