Iowa journalists Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen discuss their new book Equal Before the Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality. The book chronicles how a Midwestern fly-over state surprisingly became just the third one in the U.S. to permit gays and lesbians to marry civilly. Unlike earlier decisions in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Varnum v. Brien was unanimous and unequivocal. It catalyzed the unprecedented and rapid shift in law and public opinion that continues today. Equal Before the Law tells the stories behind this critical battle in the fight for marriage equality and traces the decision’s impact.