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Iowa Supreme Court to hear same-sex couples' lawsuit

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments in a challenge to the state’s ban on same sex marriages this week, MSNBC reported Sunday. If the high court rules in favor of the gay couples that filed the lawsuit it would become the fourth state to uphold the right for same-sex couples to legally marry. California, Massachusetts and Connecticut are the only three states that have done so thus far, although voters who amended the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage negated the California court’s ruling.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Iowa case has been moving through the courts for three years before finally making it to the Supreme Court. However, after hearing the arguments on Tuesday, the court could take a year or more to make a ruling. Lambda Legal, a gay rights organization, is representing the Iowa couples in the case.