Iowa Leads Nation in Trend toward Same-Sex Marriage

Apr 3, 2014

In 2009, the Varnum decision made Iowa the third state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Fast forward five years later, and 17 states now sanction same-sex marriage, several others allow civil unions, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled a federal same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at how public and political attitudes on same-sex marriage have shifted, as well as acknowledging the groups that have remained steadfast in their position.

The guests on today's program include:

Kate Varnum, one of the lead plaintiffs in the Iowa Supreme Court Case, Varnum v. Brien, the wife of Trish Varnum, and mother to Alex Varnum

Bruce Gronbeck, Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at University of Iowa

Jeff Angelo, former Iowa State Senator from 1997-2009 (R), founder of Iowa Republicans for Freedom

Chuck Hurley, President of the Family Policy Center, also of The Family Leader (was their President at time of Varnum ruling)