Varnum v. Brien

31 August 2007

An Iowa judge ruled yesterday that a state law banning same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. I haven't had the opportunity to read this decision yet (it's 63 pages long), but the full text is here. I believe that they applied strict scrutiny, but also argued that the ban failed a mere rationality test.

It looks like this map might have to be updated:

Purple = Same-Sex Marriage
Dark Blue = Civil Unions
Light Blue = Domestic Partnerships
Green = Reciprocal Benefits
Grey = No Same-Sex Unions
Orange = Constitution Bans Same-Sex Marriage
Red = Constitution Bans Same-Sex Unions

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