WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement Thursday marking the fifth anniversary of the landmark Varnum decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to recognize same-sex marriages. The decision made Iowa the third state in the nation to grant marriage equality for LGBT couples.
“Iowa is no stranger to leading the fight for greater civil rights, whether it is based on race, gender or sexual orientation. And five years ago today, our great state again stood up and said enough is enough — we believe all couples, no matter straight or gay, should be allowed to marry who they love. Today’s anniversary allows us time to pause to look back and see all that has been accomplished in moving marriage equality forward. It also reinforces the importance of continuing the fight for marriage equality so our LGBT brothers and sisters nationwide can have the same protections as Iowans.
“The Varnum decision made Iowa a more welcoming place for everyone to live, work and raise a family. Now it is time for this basic civil right to be granted to LGBT couples nationwide.”