by Outreach Coordinator Keenan Crow.
For 5 years now, gay and lesbian couples have enjoyed the freedom to marry in our state… until they leave our borders. And, while we have recently enjoyed watershed victories for LGBT rights, we should not forget that a majority of states—33—still refuse to recognize marriage equality.
The only reason Iowa is not among those 33 is because of our state court system. Iowa’s non-partisan judiciary consistently ranks among the top courts in the nation. Unfortunately, many states don’t have such a system.
There is, however, another tool available for residents of those states, one that often goes unnoticed: the federal courts.