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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]

Iowa court orders both same-sex parents listed on child's death certificate
December 18, 2012
The Polk County court in Iowa ruled Monday that both same-sex parents' names should be listed on their child's death certificate. Jennifer and Jessica Buntemeyer, a legally married couple, sued the state of Iowa to include both women's names on the death certificate after Jessica gave birth to a sti....... [more]

UN passes resolution condemning executions based on LGBT status
November 22, 2012
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday passed a resolution condmening extrajudicial, summary, and arbitrary executions on the basis of "gender identity" for the first time. In a vote of 108 to 1, the UNGA amended the resolution to include language urging states around the world "to investigate....... [more]

California governor signed state version of the DREAM Act
October 8, 2012
On October 8, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act, which expanded financial aid to undocumented immigrant students in the state, into law. Much of the provisions within the California statute mirrored those in the federal Development Relief and Education for Alien M....... [more]

Iowa governor signed felon voting law
July 4, 2012
On July 4, 2005, Iowa Governor Tom Vislack issued an executive order that restored voting rights to convicted felons once their sentences had been served. Previously, offenders had to apply to the governor's office to be permitted to vote again. Governor Vislack had announced in June 2005 his decisi....... [more]




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