82457acb1a On December 12, 2012, ruling in Buntemeyer v. Between April 2009 and March 2010, 2,020 same-sex couples were married in Iowa, accounting for 10.1% of total marriages conducted in the state during that period. ^ Henderson, Kay (August 31, 2007). Retrieved May 8, 2012. Judge Robert Hanson of Polk County District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on August 30, 2007. Linda McClain, professor at Boston University School of Law, said she doubted Iowa's ruling would be "a realistic blueprint" for the U.S. Iowa has provided benefits to same-sex partners of state employees since 2003.. ^ "Secretary of State - Election Night Results - November 6th, 2012".
Democratic leaders of Iowa Senate and Iowa House of Representatives during the 2009-2010 legislative session opposed a vote on an amendment.. Marriage license became available to same-sex couples on April 27. Brien. On April 3, 2009, a unanimous Iowa Supreme Court upheld the lower court's ruling, making Iowa the fourth U.S. ThinkProgress. See also. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat, said state lawmakers were unlikely to consider gay marriage legislation in this legislative session, which is expected to end within weeks. ^ a b Linda Miller (March 10, 2008). The Grand Rapids Press.