Random Wikipedia Fact #41

by thelostboy
April 4, 2009 4:27 AM
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Iowa
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Iowa has always been a leader in the area of civil rights.

In 1839, the Iowa Supreme Court rejected slavery in a decision that found that a slave named Ralph became free when he stepped on Iowa soil, 26 years before the end of the Civil War decided the issue

In 1868, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated “separate but equal” schools had no place in Iowa, 85 years before the U.S. Supreme Court reached the same decision.

In 1873, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled against racial discrimination in public accommodations, 91 years before the U.S. Supreme Court reached the same decision.

On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state’s law forbidding same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This made Iowa the third state in the U.S. to permit same-sex marriage.

If the average of ahead-of-the-pack Iowa's civil rights history proves accurate, the U.S. Supreme Court should legalize gay marriage across the country in 67.33 years, or roughly 2076.

When I'm 92, and, let's face it, dead, or at the very least, impotent.

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  • Fred | April 5, 2009 4:53 AMReply

    better late than never

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