Petition for Declaratory Judgment and Supplemental Mandamus Relief for Marriage in Iowa

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Case: Varnum v. Brien

Tuesday, December 13, 2005
| The Iowa District Court for Polk County

This petition asks the court to make a declaratory judgment and allow the plaintiffs, a group of Iowan same-sex couples, to marry. Each couple bringing the case was denied the right to marry because their partners are of the same gender, violating Iowa guarantees of due process and equality under the law. This lawsuit seeks to end the denial of their constitutional rights and end discrimination against same-sex couples in the institution of marriage.