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How Iowa was won


It's easy for those of us (including me) who weren't paying close attention to Iowa to conclude that the same-sex marriage decision there came completely out of the blue.

But in fact, according to a recent article in the Washington Post, that decision was the end result of seven years of hard work by a lot of people, including the Lambda Legal people.

And especially including a pair of lawyers: Camilla Taylor from Chicago, working with Lambda Legal, who spearheaded the whole thing, and Dennis Johnson, a former Iowa Solicitor General from Des Moines:

[...Taylor] had never met [Johnson] and was taking a risk by calling him, because her plan to file a lawsuit was a secret.

"I had never heard of Lambda Legal, or her," Johnson said. "I had never been involved in gay rights at all."


Now Johnson says, "I've never felt so strongly about a case in my entire career."

Good article, and a good reminder of how important it is to lay the groundwork for this kind of thing.


Thank you for posting this - I totally would have missed it, and it's a good article.

Thanks for the link.

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