Iowa created a dramatic shift, with a unanimous court decision coming from the heartland, that seems to have swept away all the old arguments. The justices on that court are not liberal by far; most of them were appointed by Republicans. Their arguments were rooted in the Iowa constitution’s history of protecting its citizens. If anything, theirs was a conservative argument founded on the state’s and nation’s principles of equality.
Still, 40 years ago the Stonewall rioters couldn’t have imagined that on this day there’d be gay people getting married in the heartland or that a legislature would override a governor in standing up for marriage equality. Iowa and Vermont, perhaps more than Prop. 8 and the protests that followed, will likely be looked back on as a major turning point, yet another Stonewall moment.