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Gov. Reynolds says Iowans ‘should probably’ get to vote on same-sex marriage, but her office says she doesn’t mean it

On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said “from the very beginning” her position on same-sex marriage has been “it probably should go to a vote of the people and they should weigh in.” Later that afternoon, the governor’s spokesperson said the governor doesn’t believe what she said she believes, and that Reynolds accepts the legality of […]

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Judge rules Iowa’s prohibition on Medicaid coverage for gender-reassignment procedures is unconstitutional

On Wednesday, Polk County Chief District Judge Arthur Gamble ruled a provision in Iowa law prohibiting the use of Medicaid funds for gender-reassignment procedures deemed medically necessary by doctors “violates the ICRA [Iowa Civil Rights Act] and the Iowa Constitution.” Gamble issued his ruling in a lawsuit brought by two transgender Iowans, Carol Ann Beal […]

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Federal judge orders UI to restore official status of Christian group suing the university

On Tuesday, a federal district court judge ordered the University of Iowa to reinstate Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) as an official student organization for 90 days. The 10 member organization was stripped of its status in November, following an investigation by university officials of a compliant by a former group member, who claimed he was prevented from serving in a leadership role because he is gay. […]

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Five UI student groups file a brief supporting Christian group’s lawsuit against the university

Five faith-based student organizations at the University of Iowa have filed a brief in federal court supporting the lawsuit filed against UI by Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), after the university stripped the 10-member group of its official recognition as a UI campus organization, because university officials determined it had violated anti-discrimination laws and policies. Four of the groups — Chi Alpha, 24:7, Ratio Christi and Christian Medical & Dental Associations — define themselves as Christian. The fifth, Chabad on Campus, identifies itself as Jewish. […]

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First survey of the health of Iowa’s LGBTQ community has begun

A first of its kind health survey of Iowa’s LGBTQ community is now underway. The Iowa Cancer Consortium, in partnership with One Iowa, the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Des Moines University, is sponsoring the survey. “Basically we saw the need for more data,” Levi Lappin of the Iowa Cancer Consortium explained. “There’s not much health data for the LGBTQ community at the state-level.” But that’s not an issue unique to Iowa, he said. […]

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Iowa City’s youth roller derby league emboldens kids of all kinds

Kids of all genders and backgrounds gather at the center of the Grant Wood Elementary school gym, laughing and greeting their friends, only stopping when volunteers announce it is time to circle up. “Collide A Scope! Danimal! Bruz-A-Lot! Rainbow Assassin!” Introductions before practice are necessary for the I.C. Bruisers junior roller derby league. Its free price tag and welcoming environment bring in new skaters from the Iowa City area each week. […]

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Complaint resolved against Iowa City’s Rev. Anna Blaedel for performing same-sex wedding

The United Methodist Church and Rev. Anna Blaedel, Executive Director and Campus Minister at the Wesley Center, have come to a “just resolution” of a complaint the church filed against Rev. Blaedel for officiating a same-sex wedding. The document, which both parties signed to end the complaint process, acknowledges differences of opinion in the church […]

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