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Oregon, Iowa lawmakers vote to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy
March 18, 2015
The Oregon House on Tuesday approved House Bill 2307, which prohibits health care professionals from providing therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people. The lawmakers citde the mental and emotional damage the "conversion therapy" can cause and the doubted success....... [more]

Senate confirmation hearings begin for US Attorney General nominee
January 28, 2015
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the commit....... [more]

Wisconsin judge approves same-sex adoption
September 11, 2014
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the Rile....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]

Iowa Supreme Court: Mother needed court approval of vasectomy for mentally disabled son
April 19, 2014
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that an Iowa mother should have sought court approval before arranging a vasectomy for her mentally disabled son. The court held unanimously that a vasectomy is a "major elective surgery," as well as a "nonemergency major medical procedure" that required court....... [more]

Wolf v. Walker: Fighting for Marriage throughout the Midwest
April 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Gretchen Helfrich of Mayer Brown LLP and John Knight of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss the challenge to Wisconsin's same-sex marriage law...For same-sex couples in Wisconsin—many of whom have been in loving, committed relationships for decades—it's been f....... [more]

US v. Woods and the Missing Jurisdictional Argument
November 10, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Andy Grewal of the University of Iowa College of Law says that the oral arguments in US v. Woods suggest that the Supreme Court is more interested in a jurisdictional issue, and discusses an argument, which neither party addressed, that could be dispositive of the jurisdiction....... [more]

Iowa high court rules both same-sex parents must be listed on birth certificates
May 4, 2013
The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Friday that the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) must list both spouses of a same-sex couple on their children's birth certificates. Melissa and Heather Gartner sued the IDPH after officials refused to include the name of their child's non-biologica....... [more]

Iowa General Assembly passed gay rights bill
April 25, 2013
On April 25, 2007, the Iowa General Assembly passed a bill that granted equal opportunity protections to gay and lesbian individuals in areas of housing, employment and education. The bill was a precursor to the Iowa Supreme Court overturning Iowa's ban on same-sex marriage. Today, Iowa is one of 21....... [more]

Supreme Court refused to block DC same-sex marriage law
March 2, 2013
On March 2, 2010, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal to prevent Washington DC's same-sex marriage law from taking effect. Chief Justice John Roberts, acting as the DC Circuit judge, abjured an application requesting a stay of the Religion Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Act of 2009 pending fur....... [more]

Iowa high court rules woman must be buried in Iowa against her will
February 24, 2013
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a woman whose will designated that she be buried in Montana must be buried in Iowa at the behest of her husband. It ruled that the state's Final Disposition Act gives the spouse of a decedent "the right to control the final disposition...with no accompanyi....... [more]