Same-sex marriage

Varnum Anniversary
2:54 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Iowa Leads Nation in Trend toward Same-Sex Marriage

Trish (left) and Kate (right) Varnum live in Cedar Rapids. Kate was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court Case that paved the way for same-sex marriage in Iowa
Clay Masters IPR

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:

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Talk of Iowa
2:03 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Reflections on Varnum

Doug Alexander and Ron Snitker on their wedding day at the Historic Park Inn Hotel which was designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Mod Photography

Five years ago the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in Varnum v. Brien that same-sex marriage was legal in Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with people who have been affected by the decision including Ryan Roemerman of the Iowa Pride Network, retired Presbyterian minister Rev. Greg Smith, and events planner Beau Fodor.  Also, Heather Yoeman and Dean Genth discuss being able to marry their same-sex spouses.

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Politics
8:06 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Former Romney Advisor Says GOP Should Accept Same-Sex Marriage

Some high-profile Republicans are saying it’s time to “let go” of one battle in the culture wars — the fight against same-sex marriage.

David Kochel was an advisor to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Kochel says he wants to begin a conversation about changing the Republican Party’s idea of family values.

“I like to think of it as my Republican values, and my conservative values—being pro-marriage, pro-family, and believing in intact families as the best place to give children a hope for the future,” he says.

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River to River
1:41 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Major Supreme Court Cases for 2013

Katie Harbath Flickr

Recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke in court for the first time in almost seven years.

Ben Kieffers talks with  Todd Pettys and Song Richardson, two faculty members from the University Of Iowa College of Law. They discuss key cases before nation’s highest court this year including the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, which bans same-sex marriage, and DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act.

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Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Same-Sex Couples In Iowa

Jeff Belmonte Flickr

When same-sex marriage became legal in Iowa the state became a wedding destination, but some same-sex couples wanted more than just a marriage license. Charity Nebbe talks with couples who moved to Iowa in their search for marriage equality.

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Politics
12:15 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Two buses and two takes on keeping a Justice on the bench

Bob Vander Plaats rallying to vote "no" on Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins.
Sandhya Dirks

Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins is at the center of two bus tours making their way across the state this week.  Wiggins is part of the court that paved the way for same sex marriage here, and he is facing the same opposition that pushed three justices off the court in 2010. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports, this time the Iowa Bar Association is stepping up their involvement in the election.