OkEq Celebrates Historic LGBT Marriage Equality Victory
Tulsa, Okla – April 3, 2009 — Oklahomans for Equality, (OkEq) heralds today’s historic ruling handed down by the Iowa Supreme Court holding that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in Iowa. The Iowa Supreme Court is the fourth state high court to rule that excluding same-sex couples from the benefits of civil marriage is unconstitutional: Massachusetts, California and Connecticut have earlier championed marriage equality.
Today’s ruling in Iowa is especially powerful because it is the first time a state high court has upheld by unanimous decision the rights of same-sex couples to marry. Justice Cady wrote of the decision: “We are firmly convinced that exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective. The legislature has excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification.”
This case was filed by marriage licenses in Iowa, and on behalf of three of their children. Today, these courageous families, who stood up for the promise of liberty and equality for all, can celebrate in the court’s recognition that marraige discrimination is an affront to human dignity. OkEq Advocacy Chair Matt Warren states, “This historic victory for marriage equality in Iowa will send a clear and positive message to LGBT individuals and families in every state that the principles of equal treatment and fairness still apply in this country.” in 2005 on behalf of six same-sex couples who were denied
The Iowa decision also represents the first major victory for LGBT marriage equality in a politically and religiously conservative part of the country. Today’s victory in Iowa, a largely rural state in the heartland of America, speaks to the potential for LGBT legal equality in our own state. OkEq will continue its tireless work toward this end: please join our call to continue the work for LGBT equality in Oklahoma that the state’s of Massachusetts, Connecticut, California and now Iowa have begun.
Founded in 1980, Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) is the state’s oldest and largest gay rights organization. Oklahomans for Equality seeks equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families through advocacy, education, programs, alliances, and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Community Center
Contact: Matt Warren
Oklahomans for Equality
OkEq Celebrates Historic Iowa LGBT Marriage Equality Victory
April 4, 2009 by dhconcerts