On April 3, 2009 a decision by the Iowa Supreme Court made Iowa the third state in the nation to permit same-sex couples to marry. "Equal Before The Law," tells the stories behind this issue and traces the decisions impact. Longtime, award-winning reporters Witosky and Hansen talked with and researched dozens of key figures – politicians, lawyers, and the people personally involved and show that no one should have been surprised by the 2009 decision. Iowans have a long history of leadership on civil rights. Our state motto“Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain” was adopted in 1847.