It is ironic to me that at the moment, the state of Iowa (my home state) provides access to marriage benefits for same sex couples while California does not. The state that I currently reside in, Oregon, does not provide access to the legal benefits of marriage (Civil Unions are not the same) to same sex couples. Iowa does. If Iowa can do it, than Oregon, California, and all the rest of the states in the U.S. can do it.
Varnum v. Brien, 763 N.W.2d 862, (Ia. 2009) “Barring same-sex couples from marriage, the court ruled, violates the equal protection provisions of the Iowa Constitution. Equal protection requires full marriage, rather than civil unions or some other substitute, for same-sex couples.“