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The Corridor Reacts To Landmark Supreme Court Rulings On Same-Sex Marriage
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - The Corridor reacted to landmark decisions on same-sex marriage on Wednesday.
In a five to four vote, the Supreme Court ruled a key part of the federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act, unconstitutional. DOMA previously denied benefits to same-sex married couples.
The justices also allowed a lower court ruling to stand that overturned California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage known as proposition eight.
Wednesday same-sex couples and supporters celebrated the decision at the Linn County Court House.
"It means that we don't have to lie on our tax returns. Right now we have been saying that yes, we're married to the state, but we're not married according to the federal government," Kate Varnum said.
Kate and her wife, Trish, helped win marriage equality in Iowa back in 2009. They were the lead plaintiffs in Varnum v. Brien.
Yet, while the law will require the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where the unions are legal, it will do very little for couples in the states where it is not. And some lawmakers are arguing that the Supreme Court decision does not represent the majority opinion of the American people.
But, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said he thinks it won't change much.
"I think that the decisions of the court is going to leave marriage where it has been for the last 225 years, in states, and I hope the states will uphold traditional marriage between one man and one woman." Senator Grassley said.
Currently, there are more than 30 states that do not all same-sex couples to marry.