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Iowa Supreme Court Rules Children Born to Married Lesbian Couples Have Two Parents at Birth 05/03/2013

(Des Moines, IA, May 3, 2013) - Today the Iowa Supreme Court built upon its ruling in Lambda Legal's landmark case, Varnum v. Brien, which ordered that same-sex couples and their families be treated equally under Iowa law, and ordered the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide an accurate two-parent birth certificate to all children born to lesbian married parents in Iowa.

Adoption and Parenting | Marriage | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Iowa Supreme Court Rejects Antigay Activists' Claims in Lesbian Civil Union Dissolution Case: Lambda Legal Declares Victory 06/17/2005

(Des Moines, Iowa, June 17, 2005) — In a decision issued today, the Iowa Supreme Court rejected claims made by antigay activists and individual legislators that they had a right to interfere in the civil union dissolution between two Sioux City women.

Iowa Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Lambda Legal Case Challenging HIV-Based Conviction 03/10/2014

(Des Moines, IA,March 10, 2014) — Today the Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments in Lambda Legal’s case representing Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan in his appeal for post-conviction relief.

HIV
Iowa Supreme Court Hears Lambda Legal Case Seeking Accurate Birth Certificate for Lesbian Mothers 12/11/2012

(Des Moines, IA, December 11, 2012) - Today the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking to compel the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide an accurate birth certificate to all children born to same-sex married parents in Iowa.

Adoption and Parenting | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Iowa Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Lambda Legal's Case Seeking Marriage for Same-Sex Couples 12/09/2008

(Des Moines, December 9, 2008) — Today the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Lambda Legal's case on behalf of six Iowa same-sex couples and their families who are seeking the right to marry.

Iowa Leaders and Lambda Legal File Briefs in Case Seeking Marriage Equality 03/28/2008

(Des Moines, March 28, 2008) — At least 17 briefs will be filed by a wide array of both Iowa-based and national organizations and individuals at the Iowa Supreme Court this week on behalf of the six same-sex couples and their families seeking marriage in Iowa. 

Iowa Court Orders State to Provide Accurate Birth Certificate to Child Born to Two Mothers: Lambda Legal Celebrates Victory 01/04/2012

Today, the Iowa District Court for Polk County ordered the state's Department of Public Health to issue a birth certificate for two year-old Mackenzie Gartner, a child born to a married same-sex couple in 2009, listing both spouses as Mackenzie's parents in reliance on their marriage and the spousal presumption of parentage it creates.

Adoption and Parenting | Government Misconduct and Support for Discrimination | Marriage | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
Iowa Court of Appeals Hears Arguments in Lambda Legal HIV Criminalization Case 09/11/2013

(Des Moines, IA, September 11, 2013) — Today the Iowa Court of Appeals heard arguments in Lambda Legal’s case representing Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan in his appeal for post-conviction relief.

Criminal Justice | HIV
Iowa Court Issues Decision in Lambda Legal's Historic Lawsuit: Same-Sex Couples Must Be Allowed to Marry 08/30/2007

(Des Moines, IA, August 30, 2007)—A 63 page decision issued today by the Iowa District Court for Polk County said that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry based on the Iowa Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment under the law. The case was filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of six same-sex couples and their families in Iowa.

Intervention Rights — and Wrongs 02/02/2006

Intervention is an important litigation tool that allows one to become a party to a lawsuit brought by others. It has significant advantages over filing an amicus curiae brief in that, unlike an amicus, an intervenor usually has a right to conduct discovery, bring motions, present oral argument and evidence, and appeal.

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