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Iowa Court reverses ban on gay marriage

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a state law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional and same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the end of the month, according to the New York Times.

The court's unanimous decision moved the debate over same-sex marriage to the heartland of America. Currently only Massachusetts and Connecticut are the only states that allow same-sex marriage.

Once the ruling becomes final, in about three weeks, couples will be allowed to be married.

Opponents of the ruling believe that backlash and outrage will be strong, and members of the Iowa Family Policy Center, a group that opposes the ruling, were quick to urge lawmakers to start the amendment process. An amendment to the state constitution is the only way to reverse the ruling.

Because of the lengthy amendment process required under Iowa's constitution, the earliest an amendment could revers the ruling would be 2012.