Iowans React To U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

DES MOINES, Iowa — The United States Supreme Court made a surprise decision Monday that will allow more same sex couples to get married.

In recent months, federal appeals courts have struck down bans on same-sex marriage in five states. Those states fought the court’s ruling by appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Monday, the Supreme Court allowed the lower court rulings to stand ultimately giving same-sex couples the green light to get married.

Before Monday’s decision same-sex marriage was legal in 19 states plus the District of Columbia.

Now, Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana will be added to the list.

In addition, the states of Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will likely also legalize same sex marriage. That’s because they are bound by the same appellate rulings as the first five states.

That would make same sex marriage legal in 30 states and Washington D.C.

Donna Red Wing with One Iowa says Iowa helped lead the way.

“I think Iowa being the third in the nation really did begin that momentum. We were no longer looking at the West Coast or the East Coast we were looking at Middle America, and I think that really was the trigger for other states to consider same gender marriage,” says Red Wing.

However, not everyone is happy with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision let the lower court rulings stand.

“We think it`s a little bit ridiculous that they would punt on an issue like marriage, and by punting they`re saying justices have the right to redefine the institution of marriage,” says Bob Vander Plaats with The Family Leader.

Vander Plaats says the decision takes away the people’s constitutional rights.

“This should be a concern for all Americans because they`re reserpine the will of the people, and the founders were brilliant when they gave the power to we the people not we the courts. So this is a disturbing trend whether you’re a business owner, concerned about religious liberty, or education, when courts can start making our law we should be concerned,” says Vander Plaats.

While Red Wing says she hopes this continues the forward momentum toward LGBT equality.

“I think we need to change the culture. I think we need to make sure all Iowans understand that we who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgendered that our families are just as important as theirs, are lives are just as important, so part of our work is to simple educate people about who we are,” says Red Wing.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision came down early Monday morning. Some couples in Virginia were issued wedding licenses by 1 p.m. and were married that afternoon.

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