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March 11th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

In Iowa, more support after 4 years of gay marriage

By Nova Safo, CNN

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Editor's Note: On March 26th and 27th, the US Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage. Every Monday and Tuesday in March, CNN Radio will feature stories about issues related to same-sex marriage.  

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(CNN) - Gay marriage has been legal in Iowa for four years. The state was the third in the country to allow same-sex couples to wed, after its supreme court ruled the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Since then, legalized gay marriage has had no effect on the lives of most Iowans, except perhaps in altering their views on gay marriage, according to Molly Tafoya, communications director for the gay advocacy group One Iowa:

[:54] “The sky hasn’t fallen and nothing really has changed for the day-to-day. I think we’re seeing a growing acceptance among Iowans, who just see this as the new normal here.” FULL POST

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Your call: Being gay in the South
Same sex male couples at the Gay Pride Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
March 5th, 2013
12:20 PM ET

Your call: Being gay in the South

By CNN Radio, CNN

(CNN) - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear two key cases related to same-sex marriage later this month, CNN Radio is taking a closer look at the topic.

In particular, we're curious to find out more about what living in the South is like for gays and lesbians.

In February, Mississippi's Laurel Leader-Call newspaper reported on the first known gay wedding held in Jones County. Jessica Powell and Crystal Craven were married on February 2. The newspaper ran a picture of the happy couple on its front page.

But reaction from the newspaper's readers was anything but accepting. Many of the comments and angry calls the paper received were like this one: "It's a sad day for traditional family values when this is printed on the front of a newspaper."

Some say the South has a reputation for being less tolerant of gays and lesbians, but we'd like to hear what it's really like to be gay in the South. What kinds of attitudes have you encountered as a gay person living in the region?

We've created a confidential phone line for you to share your story. If you're willing to be contacted, leave your contact information and best times to call back.

We're interested in hearing your response to questions like these:

What challenges have you experienced as a gay person?

How do you feel people perceive your sexual identity? How much do other people focus on it?

Please share any anecdotes about how people reacted when you came out to them, whether positive or negative.

And if you have not come out yet to family or friends, what's prevented you from doing so?

Call 855-804-7198 to share your thoughts.

Your stories could be used in a podcast on CNN Radio as part of our coverage of the Supreme Court cases.

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March 4th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Marriage equality elusive in traditional South

Editor's Note: On March 26th and 27th, the US Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage. Every Monday and Tuesday in March, CNN Radio will feature stories about issues related to same-sex marriage.  

Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - There are currently nine states in the U.S. which grant marriage equality, none of them in the South. As more and more Northern states accept same-sex marriages, gay and lesbian couples in the South are weighing their options.

Cameron Bridges decided to leave his native Georgia in December for Washington State, which approved same-sex marriage in November:

[:48] "More and more people are considering leaving areas that are not pro-marriage equality to areas that do have marriage equality," says Bridges. FULL POST

March 4th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Gay parents battle ‘the Iowa anomaly’

By Nova Safo, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @nova_safo

Editor's Note: On March 26th and 27th, the US Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage. Every Monday and Tuesday in March, CNN Radio will feature stories about issues related to same-sex marriage.  

Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - In Iowa, gay couples have been able to get legally married since 2009, when the state’s supreme court upheld a lower court ruling striking down a gay marriage ban.

But the Iowa Department of Public Health has refused to grant birth certificates that list both spouses in a gay marriage as the legal parents of newborn children. That decision has left families in legal limbo, and it led to a lawsuit that has thrust the gay rights debate right back to the state’s supreme court.

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