James Randi on Carl Sagan

Another victory

People who aren’t blatant, proud bigots got another victory.

Iowa’s Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third state — and first in the nation’s heartland — to allow same-sex couples to wed.

Iowa joins only Massachusetts and Connecticut in permitting same-sex marriage. For six months last year, California’s high court allowed gay marriage before voters banned it in November.

The Iowa justices upheld a lower-court ruling that rejected a state law restricting marriage to a union between a man and woman.

The county attorney who defended the law said he would not seek a rehearing. The only recourse for opponents appeared to be a constitutional amendment, which could take years to ratify.

“We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective,” the Supreme Court wrote.

I guess Iowa isn’t part of “real America” anymore.

This is very good. Religious bigots oppose gay marriage because they believe their sexual desires are superior to those of others. They have no good reasons for such inane beliefs. They have no place in the ever-increasing morality of an ever-increasing secular culture.