I had heard this decision was coming, but it's still surprising. The issue of same sex marriage (or civil unions for that matter) has been something that has happened out on the coasts, Massachusetts or California. Those opposed to same sex marriage could say that this was something that affected the liberal coasts and not the conservative heartland.
I know that many will say that this ruling is allowing the court to legislate over the objections of the people of Iowa and there is a hint of truth to that. I would have perfer that this came from a vote of the state legislature instead of through the courts. But I will take a win when I see one.
It wasn't that long ago that the idea of two people of the same gender getting married was an odd idea- too mundane for gays and too radical for straights. But as America has started to see gay people and learn about their lives and hopes and dreams, that idea that was once foreign isn't that strange anymore.
This morning, Iowa just placed an exclaimation point on the idea of same sex marriage. Is gay marriage okay? YES!