Iowa Laws & Equality

Equality under the law is one of the most important ideals of a civil, democratic society. LGBT people have made remarkable progress in the last few decades, but legal discrimination still exists.
This guide gives LGBT individuals, allies and activists working toward full equality an overview of the laws that particularly impact the lives of LGBT people in Iowa.

The guide covers laws concerning marriage, parenting and protection from various kinds of discrimination. You can find the text of particular laws by looking up the provided citations (such as Iowa Code ยง 595.2) in the Iowa Code search form on the Iowa Legislature website.

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The guide should be used for information purposes only. We work hard to keep it up to date, but the law is constantly evolving. If you have questions about how the law applies to a particular person or situation, please consult an attorney. (Guide updated April 2015)