The Iowa Legislature passes two laws of significance to the LGBT community: a statewide anti-discrimination measure, and an anti-bullying law for Iowa schools.


Rally in Iowa City to celebrate Iowa Supreme Court ruling upholding gay marriage, April 3, 2009. Photo by Laurie Haag


The Iowa Supreme Court in Des Moines on April 3 unanimously – and emphatically – upholds the right of gays to marry. Iowa becomes only the third state in the U.S. – and the first in the heartland – to legalize same-sex marriage.


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Dawn BarbouRoske, second from left, of Iowa City leans towards her partner, Jen BarbouRoske, after learning of the ruling. Between them is their daughter Bre, 6. Their other daughter, 11-year-old McKinley, left, reacts to the ruling.


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Later that day, the BarbouRoske family joins about 200 supporters on the east lawn of the Pentacrest of the University of Iowa campus celebrating the historic ruling.


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Meeting announcement of the UI transGroup, “for folks who transcend gender binaries.”


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The Advocate ranks Iowa City as the nation’s third-gayest city.


The Iowa City Press-Citizen names Dawn and Jen BarbouRoske, a lesbian couple, as “Persons of the Year” for 2009. The BarbouRoskes were among the plaintiffs who successfully challenged Iowa’s so-called defense of marriage law, resulting in the landmark 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling.