First Gay Couple Married in Iowa

August 31, 2007 at 11:20 am 8 comments

Yesterday a judge in Iowa ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Today the first same-sex couples in the state was married.

Two male college students were married in the front yard of a Des Moines residence this morning.

The couple — Tim McQuillan and Sean Fritz, both Iowa State University students — obtained a marriage license at the Polk County recorder’s office and got a judge to sign a waiver allowing them to marry today rather than wait three days, as is required by law.

They were married by the Rev. Mark Stringer of First Unitarian Church in Des Moines at 10:32 a.m. Before the ceremony, Stringer said, ” Awesome. It’s a long time coming.”

The couple received a waiver from the judge who issued the marriage license allowing them to skip the required three day waiting period.

The County Attorney of Polk County is expected to appeal the decision allowing same-sex couples to marry.

More here.


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Family, LGBT, Marriage, Politics.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. UAFA  |  August 31, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Awesome. We finally broke into the Midwest.

  • 2. Kathryn Jones  |  August 31, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Made me cry when I heard. One of the best, and most important things that has happened in this country in a long time. Iowa.. I love you!

  • 3. Bloggernista  |  August 31, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Isn’t it sweet? And, I love that the guy who proposed called and asked his partner’s mother if he could ask her son to marry him.

  • 4. orientalcowboy  |  September 1, 2007 at 2:27 am

    One of the most heart warming news I’ve heard this week.
    Now that the chains are shaken loose, there’s more love to go around for everyone 🙂

  • 5. egottsha  |  September 1, 2007 at 6:57 am

    There is a vibrant gay community here in Des Moines. The conservatives are going to rally over this and the judge already issued a stay on his own opinion. I don’t know what else to say here, except, please consider writing, calling, emailing, faxing the county attorney’s office and Iowa State legislators with your support for the recent ruling and help bring U.S. civil rights back into the 21st century. There is no excuse other than bigotry to prevent gay marriage. Since most large businesses are already providing benefits for same sex partnerships, I’d also recommend letting the businesses here in Iowa know how vital equal rights are to you. Local businesses include: Wells Fargo, ING, WellMark Blue Shield, Allied Insurance, Principal, etc.

    By the way, Des Moines is a pretty nice place to live if you can part with mountains and ocean. The people are friendly, huge farmer’s markets, lots of art and flowers, jobs galore, cheap rent, good schools, short commute times, plenty of old houses to rehabilitate,the restaurants are getting better by the month, and did I say , there is already an established gay community here? I live in a blue collar neighborhood on the upswing, not exactly a gay neighborhood, but there are three gay families within 2 blocks. I’m not gay, but hey, please come to Iowa.There’s plenty of room on the rainbow here for you.

  • 6. Gay Marriages in Iowa Halted « Bloggernista  |  September 1, 2007 at 7:03 am

    […] Marriages in Iowa Halted 1 09 2007 Roughly 24 hours after he ruled the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, Polk County, Iowa Judge Robert Hanson stayed his decision pending an upcoming appeal by the County […]

  • 7. Bloggernista  |  September 1, 2007 at 7:06 am


    I have never been to Iowa, but I have a couple of friends who are from there. It seems like a wonderful and with the advances in LGBT civil rights its getting even better.

  • 8. maliha11  |  September 1, 2007 at 7:17 am

    oh wow i think thats sooo coool dude!!! 🙂
    congrats !!!


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