How gays won a marriage victory

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For 7 years, activists eyed a seemingly unlikely target: Iowa
April 15, 2009


"For most of the country, the unanimous decision this month by the Iowa Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage was an unexpected and seemingly random victory for a movement that has long drawn its deepest support from major cities in liberal coastal states.

"But for Camilla Taylor, a Chicago-based lawyer for the gay rights group Lambda Legal, it was the logical conclusion to a deliberate seven-year effort to make the Midwestern state one of the first in the country to allow same-sex marriage.

"...'We were all deeply disappointed by the vote in California, but we were all hopeful for Iowa,' said Taylor, a married mother who is not gay but calls same-sex marriage 'the civil rights cause of my generation.'"