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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Iowa Gay Marriage -- the Latest

The gay marriage dispute is still a big deal here in Iowa as next week approaches when such marriages can actually occur.  Some county recorders have indicated they may refuse to grant marriage licenses to gay couples despite the Iowa Supreme Court decision, and despite the fact that new official forms have already been drawn up (referring to Party A and Party B, and leaving the reference to bride or groom optional).  Apparently, the state Attorney General has threatened to discipline such recorders.  In addition, some state magistrates have said they might stop performing any weddings.  Moreover, gay marriage opponents argued that the governor should stop the ruling with an executive order, but that would not be legal.  Hopefully, whatever happens next week, any continuing debate that occurs can be civil and at least focus on real options (whether one agrees with them or not) such as a constitutional amendment, or perhaps religious exemption clauses.   

Posted by Mark kende on April 23, 2009 at 08:25 PM | Permalink

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SORRY I need to be clear on the first question. will you proform the same sex marriage and the couple is from the state of Ill.

Posted by: jeanetta | Apr 30, 2009 3:10:19 PM

I live in chicago can I come to iowa to get married.

Posted by: jeanetta | Apr 30, 2009 3:03:58 PM

Per eric james comment above, the change in Iowa's law has nothing to do with President Obama. It was a decision of the Iowa supreme court. I am sure the president approves, but he had nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Kevin | Apr 29, 2009 8:32:10 AM

I believe Mother Nature is having the last say as we speak.
Mass mentality does not equate to fairness.

It's quite ridiculous how some people assume gay people do not know anything about "raising a family."

Gay people are born out of straight people. They have attributes of both EXISTING genders. They are not alien or foreign to the world.

And proof that Mother Nature's design is perfect -- natural selection of gay people.

Long live anti-oppression of gay.

Posted by: Amith | Apr 27, 2009 10:06:17 AM

Gay marriage really isn't the issue in Iowa. Special Interests and Money is. 65% of Iowans or higher are against gay marriage. Thats a lot of both Democrats and Republicans. Yet only two Dems voted in discussing letting the people of Iowa decide. We are a Republic of the people, are we not?. Yet the people are not getting to speak. Why can't gay's have a union? When have we changed the meaning of words? Marriage is defined as what? Marriage is more than a commitment between two people, it is also about starting a family. If everyone was gay, wouldn't the human race die out?? When does this stop? What will our world look like in 10 years, 20, 50??
Mother Nature and God I believe will have the final say.

Posted by: Nick Trenkamp | Apr 27, 2009 1:25:05 AM

I am a 29 yr old gay male and i am glad that President Barak Obama has made the effort to make it where the LGBTQ comminuty is able to get married in Iowa and the other states that have approved of gay marriage. I give him my condolences and hope that he continues to make the world a better place since both the bushs and clinton made the world a living hell for the lgbtq community and i am very happy to say that the man tha ti am dating him and i are planning on getting married to one another and it will be the best thing that has ever happened to him and i then noone can have either one of us anymore and well we will be glad to be together forever we love one another so much already and i am very happy wit him and he isvery happy wit me as well and i am glad tha the is in my life and i know for a fact tha the is happy that i am in his as well

Posted by: eric james la shomb | Apr 24, 2009 2:56:36 PM

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