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House Speaker Pat Murphy:
I do want to share with you some of my own thoughts on the ruling. After reading the decision, I agree with the Iowa Supreme Court that state law conflicts with the equal protection clause
Iowa Legalizes Gay Marriage: April 27, 2009
Iowa has a reputation of fairness and has always been a leader in protecting individual rights and liberties.
  • We freed a slave named Ralph 26 years before the end of the Civil War.
  • We ended segregation in our schools 85 years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the same way
  • The Iowa high court ruled against racial discrimination in public accommodations back in 1873.
  • Iowa was also the first state in the nation to allow women to practice law.                               
House Speaker Pat Murphy
De Moines, Iowa    
of the Iowa constitution by denying same-sex couples the same right to marry that heterosexual couples enjoy. It wasn’t a complete surprise that the court ruled that Iowa’s marriage statute is discriminatory, because this issue has come up in several other states, and two other states have already legalized same-sex marriage.

The ruling has no impact on any religious institution; it simply means that a county recorder cannot deny a marriage license to a same-sex couple. No religious institution will be forced to conduct a marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple.
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Homosexuals NOT yet fully accepted into society.

Interview with: Joseph R. Hawkins Ph.D.
Anthropologist, President of
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
Welcome to the “The Gay Community” segment, where we have interviewed  a diverse group of experts in their respective fields to talk about the gay culture. We believe that this knowledge will be helpful in promoting respect and understanding of the gay community. We hope you will find these segments to be informative and tell your friends and family about them.
Variations that exist within the gay community.

Interview with: GARY J. GATES
Williams Distinguished Scholar
The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Los Angeles
Homosexuals not yet fully accepted into society



Interview with: Joseph R. Hawkins Ph.D.
Anthropologist, President of
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
Variations that exist within the gay community.
Geographic, economic and racial and ethnic diversity.  "The racial/ethnic composition of LGBT people look similar to the population as a whole. it is not overly white"
Interview with: GARY J. GATES
Williams Distinguished Scholar
The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles
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THE RAINBOW FLAG & SYMBOLS
COMING OUT-Stories and Counsel.
GAY ARTISTS and AUTHORS
Have a little Fun.
THE STRAIGHT TRUTH
to STOP all forms of bigotry and hatred based on fear and misinformation.