This is another case in which the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of the same-sex couples. The court determined that denying a marriage licenses on the basis of sexual orientation violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution.
A UCLA study has analyzed the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry on Iowa’s state budget. The study concluded that allowing same-sex couples to marry will result in a net gain of approximately $5.3 million each year for the State.This net impact will be the result of savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefit programs and an increase in state income and sales tax revenue.