A victory for gay Americans living in Iowa (and potentially a good legal precedent for all gay Americans):
A county judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples.
Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson's ruling.
Less than two hours after word of the ruling was publicized, two Des Moines men applied for a license, the first time the county had accepted a same-sex application. The approval process takes three days.
Of course, the battle ain't over yet:
House Minority Leader Christopher Rants, R-Sioux City, said the ruling illustrates the need for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
"I can't believe this is happening in Iowa," he said. "I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January," when the Legislature convenes.
Republican dirtball. I don't understand why we let this medieval backwater of a state continue to play such an important role in our presidential primaries. And I say that as someone whose family started out as immigrant Dutch farmers in Iowa.