My take on this:
1) Bravo to Iowa Judge Robert Hanson for having the courage to strike down that state's gay marriage ban. It's rare for a trial court to strike down a statute, especially at the state level; usually, trial judges leave that sort of thing to the appellate courts.
2) Congratulations to Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan and the other couples who managed to marry before Hanson stayed his ruling pending appeal.
3) Minister Mark Stringer, who performed the nuptials on his front lawn, makes me proud to be a (lapsed) Unitarian.
4) Was there ever a more aptly-named anti-gay Republican fulminator than Iowa House Minority Leader Christopher Rants?
"I can't believe this is happening in Iowa," Rants said. "I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January," when the Legislature convenes.
5) If gay marriage becomes (permanent) law in Iowa, then its prospects ought to be good in other states. Iowa has always been more liberal than, say, Indiana--but even so, places like Minnesota and Wisconsin might well follow Iowa's lead.
6) After so much news that makes me gnash my teeth, this story made me smile big.
Melissa McEwan makes this prediction:
The timing of this decision undoubtedly means that same-sex marriage will probably be an issue during the very big and very important Iowa primary. Could get interesting.
I disagree. Unfortunately, none of the Republican candidates and only (correct me, someone, if I'm wrong here) Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel on the Democratic side support the right to gay marriage. Things would get interesting only if there was some significant disagreement within the parties on this issue. But as it is, the "major" candidates are united in their cowardice on this issue.