Iowa Marriage Equality

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Mark and Terry had obtained an Iowa marriage license in 2007 during a window of opportunity between the time on a Friday morning when a Polk County judge ruled the state's ban on same sex marriages was illegal and when, only a few hours later, he filed a stay on the ruling. Mark and Terry were then married on Sunday (September 2, 2007) at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames. The following Monday, when they returned to Des Moines to file their documents at the Polk County Recorders Office, they were unable to do so because of the stay.

Then on April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court, in an unanimous decision upheld the judge's ruling, opening the way for many Iowa gay and lesbian couples to marry. However, they had to wait until the county recorder offices around the state were prepared to deal with the paperwork. That meant Monday, April 27, was the big day for the couples to go to their respective court houses. Mark and Terry went to the Story County court house to finish their paper work. They were surrounded by many supportive friends.

The first video highlights the Supreme Court's decision on April 3 and a rally organized by One Iowa at 5 pm later that day on the Iowa State University campus near Morrill Hall and the ISU library. The second video is about Mark and Terry and their visit to the Story County court house on April 27 to finalize the paperwork for their marriage. The third is of their wedding in 2007.

Helen shot the footage for all three videos and edited the first two. Mark and Terry had another Ames person edit her footage of their 2007 wedding.

The programs can be watched by going to YouTube. Please note that the channel and URL for the YouTube postings has changed. That said, however, the format below is smaller and will offer a sharper image.



  Iowa Supreme Court ruling and rally at Iowa State on April 3, 2009.  



Mark and Terry travel to the Story County court house to finalize their marriage paperwork on April 27, 2009.  


  Wedding ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames on September 2, 2007