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Anti-gay marriage ban struck down in Iowa

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.

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I love that his last name is Rants. Christopher Rants. Indeed he does.

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