[Guest post by DRJ]
Thursday, August 30, a county judge ruled same-sex couples can wed in Iowa:
“A county judge struck down Iowa’s decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples. Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson’s ruling.
Less than two hours after word of the ruling was publicized, two Des Moines men applied for a license, the first time the county had accepted a same-sex application. The approval process takes three days.”
Reaction to the ruling was mixed:
“I started to cry because we so badly want to be able to be protected if something happens to one of us,” [29-year-old bride David Curtis] Rethmeier said.
“I can’t believe this is happening in Iowa,” [House Minority Leader Christopher Rants] said. “I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January,” when the Legislature convenes.