Iowa doesn't exactly have a reputation for being "cool", right? Iowans instead tend to pride themselves on being practical, hard working, friendly and family orientated. We like politics and value education but we're not usually a state that considers itself very cutting edge.
Except that we are...at least where civil equality in the form of legalized gay marriage is concerned. Gay marriage has been legal for over almost three years and we are still one of just a handful of states that has made the overdue change to allow equal rights for all adult citizens in the form of marriage equality.
Of course, the Varnum v Brein decsion wasn't with out controversy or consequences, including the ousting of three judges associated with that decision in the 2010 election.
One of the other judges who was part of the unanimous panel that voted in favor of gay marriage is up for reappointment this election and his chances look good, partially because more Iowas than ever (48%) support gay marriage and partially because the anti-civil rights groups that target the previous judges have not been as active this election season.
I believe that in time gay marriage will be legal everywhere in the United States...but I'll always be a little proud of Iowa for being one of the earliest states to come on board.
Have your feelings on gay marriage changed since it became legal three years ago? Why do you think more people than ever are supporting it?