A Polk County judge on Thursday struck down Iowa's law banning gay marriage.
The ruling by Judge Robert Hanson concluded that the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and he ordered Polk County Recorder Julie Haggerty to issue marriage licenses to several gay couples.
This will be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court, and who knows where it'll go from there. But this is Iowa. Just a bit over four months from the caucuses.
This is now an issue in the presidential campaign.
As Todd over at MyDD says, the GOP will trip over itself blasting "activist judges" blah blah blah. But on our side, how will they react?
Our candidates should embrace it. They'll be too chickenshit to do so, but they should. Without reservation.
In this political climate, Republicans will get little salience on the issue -- which is dying anyway. Remember that Red Arizona, last year, was the first state to reject a ballot initiative banning gay marriage. With people losing their homes, and our troops losing their lives in Iraq, people have more important things on their mind than whether two people who love each other should be allowed to marry or not.