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Few expected the Midwestern state of Iowa to lead a gay rights advance. But the state's Supreme Court ruling on April 3 that its ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional kicked off a busy month of legislation.
Four days after Iowa, Vermont's legislature voted to override Gov. Jim Douglas's veto of a bill allowing homosexuals to marry, making the state the fourth in the nation to legalize gay and lesbian marriage--and the first to do so by legislation, not court order. By May, Maine had also legalized the practice, and New Hampshire was poised to follow suit unless its governor used veto powers.
Vermont's law, which takes effect in September, protects churches …