- Same-sex marriage in Iowa
] The ruling was made as a result of a suit brought against Polk County by six same-sex couples who had been denied marriage licenses. Hanson's ruling states, in part, that
Couples, such as plaintiffs, who are otherwise qualified to marry one another may not be denied licenses to marry or certificates of marriage or in any other way prevented from entering into a civil marriage... by reason of the fact that both person comprising such a couple are of the same sex.
Polk County has appealed the decision to the
Iowa Supreme Court, which will hear arguments in the case on December 9, 2008. [cite web |url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-samesexmarriage-a,0,6089308.story |title=Supreme Court schedules gay marriage hearing |author=Associated Press |date= 3 October 2008|accessdate=2008-10-04] Within two hours of the publication of the ruling on August 30, two men from Des Moinessubmitted an application for marriage to the county recorder; their application was accepted. The next morning, several couples were able to apply for marriage licenses before Judge Hanson issued a verbal stay of his ruling pending the county's appeal. [cite news |author=Associated Press |title=Iowa Gay Marriages Abruptly Halted |url=http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/08/083107imar.htm |work= 365Gay.com|date=2007-08-31 |accessdate=2007-08-31] [cite news| first=Kay| last=Henderson| url=http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN3124032520070831| title=Ruling briefly allows gay marriage in Iowa| work= Reuters| date=2007-08-31| accessdate=2007-08-31] For the time being, same-sex civil marriages are no longer being performed in Iowa.
The first same sex couple to legally marry in Iowa were Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan, both residents of Ames and students at
Iowa State University. Iowa marriage law requires a three-day waiting period between the initial application for a marriage license and the time the marriage becomes official, unless this waiting period is waived by a judge which is commonly granted when requested.cite news|first=Abby|last=Simons|title=Ruling applies in Polk, not to all of Iowa|url=http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070901/NEWS/709010338/1001/NEWS|work= Des Moines Register|date=2007-09-01|accessdate=2007-09-04] Fritz and McQuillan were the only couple to receive such a waiver before Hanson issued his stay order. After receiving the waiver and applying for a marriage license on the morning of August 31, the couple was married in a short ceremony that morning by a Unitarian Universalistminister on the minister's front lawn in Des Moines. [cite news|first=Kyle|last=Miller|title=A window of opportunity| url=http://media.www.iowastatedaily.com/media/storage/paper818/news/2007/09/04/News/A.Window.Of.Opportunity-2948013.shtml?reffeature=htmlemailedition |date=2007-09-04|accessdate=2007-09-04|work= Iowa State Daily]
Two other Ames residents who applied for a marriage license before the stay, Terry Lowman and Mark Kassis, were married on September 2 in a ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames.cite news|author=Laura Pieper and Luke Jennett|url=http://www.midiowanews.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=18773436&BRD=2700&PAG=461&dept_id=554188&rfi=8|title=Lucullan's owners set Sunday as wedding date|work=
The Ames Tribune|date=2007-09-01|accessdate=2007-09-02] However, because Lowman and Kassis' three-day waiting period was not waived, and because the stay was issued before the waiting period had expired, their marriage is not currently recognized by the state of Iowa.
As a result of Hanson's ruling, a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage was proposed in the state legislature but did not pass in 2008. [cite web |url=http://www.qctimes.com/blogs/?p=1486 |title=Funnel Week Survivors |author=Linda Miller |date=
10 March 2008|accessdate=2008-03-11] If approved in 2009, the Iowa Legislature must approve it again in 2011 before it can be on the ballot in Iowa. cite web |title=Iowa Constitution, Article X, Section 1 | url=http://search.legis.state.ia.us/NXT/gateway.dll/IowaState/ISLRoot/codeandsupp/const.htm?f=templates&fn=default.htm | accessdate=2008-09-11 ]
Same-sex marriage in the United States
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* [http://data.lambdalegal.org/pdf/legal/varnum/varnum-d-08302007-ia-district.pdf Full text of Judge Hanson's ruling in "Varnum v. Brien"]
* [http://www.blogdenovo.org/archives/1793.html Legal discussion of ruling]
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