Varnum v. Brien: Denying Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses Violates Rights

Varnum v. Brien: Denying Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses Violates Rights

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Decided: Varnum v. Brien — In Iowa, the Polk County District Court rules that denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates their rights to liberty and equal protection under the state constitution.

Six same-sex couples had filed suit against Timothy Brien, Polk County Recorder, for refusing to give them marriage licenses.

Judge Robert Hanson writes:

"Couples, such as plaintiffs, who are otherwise qualified to marry one another may not be denied licenses to marry or certificates of marriage or in any other way prevented from entering into a civil marriage ... by reason of the fact that both persons comprising such a couple are of the same sex"

Polk County will appeal this decision to Iowa's state supreme court, which will vote unanimously to uphold Judge Hanson's ruling. Mitt Romney reacts to today's ruling by saying: "The ruling in Iowa today is another example of an activist court and unelected judges trying to redefine marriage and disregard the will of the people as expressed through Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act. This once again highlights the need for a Federal Marriage Amendment to protect the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman."

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