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Video: Varnum v. Brien Supreme Court Victory Teleconference
On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled that denying marriage to same-sex couples in the state is unconstitutional. Writing for the entire court, Justice Cady wrote: “We are firmly convinced the 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.”
During a members-only teleconference, Lambda Legal’s Senior Staff Attorney and architect of the case, Camilla Taylor, and Senior Counsel Ken Upton discussed the impact of this landmark case. For more, visit the page for Varnum v. Brien.