Reaction is mixed around Iowa to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Wednesday striking down a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The Defense of Marriage Act, was originally signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
Democratic congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley says the decision marks a historic day.
Braley says the Supreme Court's ruling is a step forward for the cause of civil rights, affirming that loving, committed couples from all backgrounds deserve to have equal rights under federal law.
One of Braley's opponents, Republican U.S. senate candidate Sam Clovis of Hinton, says the decision by the Supreme Court is yet another step in the wrong direction for the social and physiological strength of our nation.
He says the American family and traditional values have been under attack by progressive liberals like Congressman Braley for years.