Don't give me the argument of "Well, do you really want the courts to decide for the people?". In this case, yes. The "will of the people" (not by a huge majority, BTW) was to take away a minority group's civil rights. If they had voted to bring back slavery, would that had been okay? Would it be okay for people to vote on taking away a woman's right to vote? And no,.civil unions are not the same as marriage.
Iowa is more pro-gay rights than California. Who could have imagined that?