The Iowa Marriage Licensing Board has voted to allow gay couples to marry, ending years of pressure from religious leaders and gay activists to end the state’s ban on gay marriage.
A resolution was introduced Monday that would allow couples to get married in the state by the end of this year, but the board has a deadline of December 2018.
The resolution passed with a majority vote of 4-1.
In 2015, the Iowa legislature passed a measure allowing same-sex marriage, but it never took effect.
Now, Iowa Gov.
Kim Reynolds signed a marriage license to same-gender couples last year.
The Iowa Department of Revenue says it will now license marriages to same sex couples in the future.
Kim Reinsdorf said in a statement after the vote that she supports the decision.
“I have never supported or voted for any form of discrimination in any form,” she said.
“My administration has always been focused on the equality of all Iowans, and I applaud the Iowa Supreme Court for taking a stand for the freedom of conscience of Iowas citizens.
I look forward to working with all IOWans to bring our state and nation closer together.”
This historic vote is a testament to the power of conscience, and a strong endorsement of the right of all Iowa citizens to marry the person they love.
The freedom to marry in Iowa is a bedrock principle for my administration, and it is our hope that this decision will provide additional momentum to bring the state in line with the United States Supreme Court ruling, which will affirm that our Constitution protects all Iowan families from discrimination.
“Same-sex couples in Iowa have been allowed to marry since 2009.
In 2016, the state legislature approved a bill allowing same sex marriages, but opponents of the law fought it through a state Senate committee and Gov.
Joe Schultz, who vetoed it, then signed a bill last year that included a religious exemption.
The Iowa Supreme Council, a state-appointed panel of seven judges appointed by the governor, voted to override Gov.
Schultz’s veto of the bill and allow gay and lesbian couples to wed in 2018.
The group has been in opposition to the bill.
They argued that the ban violates religious freedom and equal protection of the laws.