Video: Gay Marriages in Iowa Halted

September 1, 2007 at 7:03 am Leave a comment

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 Attorney. The issue now goes to the Iowa Supreme Court.

Before the judge ordered the County Recorder to stop accepting marriage licenses from same-sex couples, 27 couples had completed applications including Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan who were the first couple married.

From Radio Iowa:

Fritz proposed to McQuillan last night when he heard a Polk County judge had ruled Iowa’s law forbidding gay marriage was unconstitutional. Fritz went to the store and bought wedding rings last night, then got on the Internet to find the paperwork for a Polk County marriage license.

“There was a lot of double-checking everything on the Internet to make sure that we got all the paperwork filled out correctly the first time,” he says. “We didn’t want to get refused because we messed up a ‘t’ somewhere.”

Fritz says he called McQuillan’s mother in California to ask permission to marry her son. McQuillan says Fritz then got in touch with him. “He instant messaged me over the Internet that this was going on,” McQuillan says. “When he picked me up around nine o’clock he proposed to me on the spot. Besides the obvious shock, I still haven’t recovered. Maybe it’ll set in later this week.”

Here’s video of the ceremony from the Des Moines Register:

The marriage license approval process normally takes three business days, but Fritz and McQuillan took advantage of a loophole that allows couples to skip the waiting period if they pay a $5 fee and get a judge to sign a waiver.

The 26 couples who did not marry on Friday are not able to marry at this time and will likely receive a letter explaining why their marriage license will not be accepted.

A few of the presidential candidates made public statements about the judge’s ruling none of which supported marriage equality. As expected, the Republican candidates including thrice married Rudy Guiliani, twice married John McCain and Mitt Romney bleated on about marriage being between a man and a woman. Romney again demanded that a federal constitutional amendment enshrining marriage discrimination in the U.S. Constitution be passed. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama reiterated their support for civil unions while using a weak argument that marriage should be left to the states.


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Barack Obama, Family, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, LGBT, Marriage, Mitt Romney, Politics, Rudy Giuliani, Video, YouTube.

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