Excerpt from the Varnum v. Brien ruling by Judge Robert B. Hanson, Polk County, Iowa
About the excerpt:
The following is an excerpt from the ruling by Polk County Judge Robert B.
Hanson on 2007-AUG-30, which at least temporarily legalized same-sex
marriages in Iowa. It includes section 3 of Judge Hanson's decision, pages 21 to
27. It lists harms
that same-sex couples and their children -- including adopted and foster
children -- experience as a result of not being allowed to marry.
Although this section was written about the harm and stigmas experienced by
same-sex couples and their families in Iowa, it would apply
with few modifications to couples across the U.S.
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
The judge's ruling in Varnum v. Brien is online at:
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