The Iowa Supreme Court’s UNANIMOUS decision to overturn that state’s ban on same-sex marriage brought to mind that wonderful exchange between Ray Kinsella and his father (played by the impossibly handsome Dwier Brown) in Field of Dreams.
John Kinsella: Is this heaven?
Ray Kinsella: It’s Iowa.
John Kinsella: Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven.
Ray Kinsella: Is there a heaven?
John Kinsella: Oh yeah. It’s the place where dreams come true.
Ray Kinsella: Maybe this is heaven.
There are a couple of notable milestones in the Iowa court’s decision.
First of all, it was issued with no dissent. That’s never been the case in earlier court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage.
Secondly, it was quite clearly that civil unions or any other legal arrangement the legislature might try to come up with won’t cut it, stating “the statutory language must be applied and interpreted in a manner allowing gay and lesbian people full access to the institution of civil marriage.”
Finally (and perhaps even more compellingly), it’s friggin’ IOWA.