Iowa recently became the 4th state to legalize gay marriage — which automatically puts it in the vanguard of ethics and human rights. But y’know, although we think of the “Corn State” as being pretty backwoodsy, it isn’t exactly new to the field (pun intended).
Iowa abolished slavery in 1839, 26 years before the passage of the 13th amendment in 1865. Iowa disallowed separate but equal racial segregation in schools in 1868, 85 years before the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of education outlawed it nationally. And in 1873, Iowa again protected racial minorities, extending anti-discrimination to public accommodations, 91 years before the U.S. Supreme Court. Iowa was also the first state to allow women to practice law.
You go, Iowa! The grand tradition continues.
(I, of course, live in Florida, one of the backward, fearful, ill-educated, superstition-ridden states that has fucked around in other people’s business, constitutionally, and banned gay marriage. I’m so proud!)