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In Iowa, gay-marriage opponents failed on two counts. They lost a bid to oust one of the state Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of gay marriage in 2009, and they were unable to take control of the state Senate, where Democratic Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has blocked a proposed amendment to overturn that ruling.
More broadly, gay-rights leaders celebrated the re-election of Obama, who had frustrated them early in his term with his sometimes cautious stances. Over the past two years, he’s become a hero of the movement — playing a key role last year in enabling gays to serve openly in the military and this year becoming the first sitting president to endorse same sex-marriage.
Among the next agenda items at the federal level is the proposed Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would protect gays and transgender people from workplace discrimination.
The gay-rights momentum even extended overseas. Spain’s top court upheld the legality of the country’s gay marriage law on Tuesday, and French President Francois Hollande’s Cabinet was pushing ahead Wednesday with a controversial bill that could see gay marriage legalized early next year.
Associated Press writers Patrick Condon in Minneapolis and, Ryan J. Foley in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report.
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