Iowa Overturns Gay Marriage Ban

Iowa isn’t a state you would consider on the vanguard of social liberalism, but the state Supreme Court overruled the state’s same-sex marriage ban today, saying it violated the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples and making Iowa the third state where gay marriage is legal. Though the decision is likely to split the electorate in the moderate state, the justices were—surprisingly, given how divisive the issue is—unanimous in their decision.