Chapter . Gay Marriage
2009 was a year of advances and setbacks for gay marriage. It wasn’t a huge surprise that liberal New England states approved gay marriage—but in the Midwest Iowans were surprised when their State Supreme Court upheld Polk County’s ruling allowing same sex marriage. Proponents of “traditional family values” were outraged, but the court said the case was closed. On the usually progressive West coast, an appeals court quashed an appeal by gay rights advocates to throw out a law banning gay marriage that had been approved by voters.