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Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan Seal First Same Sex Marriage In Iowa

Anéis | Rings

Not wasting any time and taking advantage of a $5 waiver of the waiting period in Iowa, Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan sealed the deal on the front lawn of Unitarian minister Rev. Mark Stringer.

A few hours later, Judge Robert B. Hanson formally stayed yesterday’s ruling that the law declaring that valid marriages were only between a man and a woman was unconstitutional, and that the state had no valid interest in arbitrarily discriminating against same-sex couples by denying them the right to marry.

Via CNN:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two men sealed the state’s first legal same-sex marriage with a kiss Friday morning, less than 24 hours after a judge threw out Iowa’s ban on gay marriage and about two hours before he put the ruling on hold.

It was a narrow window of opportunity.

Thursday afternoon, Polk County Judge Robert Hanson temporarily cleared the way for same-sex couples across the state to apply for marriage licenses in Polk County.

He ruled that Iowa’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed marriage only between a man and a woman, violated the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection of six gay couples who had sued.

County attorney John Sarcone promised a quick appeal, and he asked Hanson to stay his ruling until the appeal was resolved.

A dozen gay and lesbian couples were waiting at the county recorder’s office when it opened Friday morning.

By late morning, 20 had applied for marriage licenses when Recorder Julie Haggerty announced that she had been instructed to stop accepting the applications. Hanson later said the judge had formally stayed his ruling.

The judge’s stay means the recorder’s office is not permitted to accept any more marriage applications from gay couples until the Iowa Supreme Court rules on the county’s appeal.

The anti-equality bunch has their collective thong in a knot, but the marriage is legal.

Republican House Minority Leader Christopher Rants said the ruling illustrates the need for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

“I can’t believe this is happening in Iowa,” Rants said. “I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January,” when the Legislature convenes.

From whence came the art:

That photo is titled Anéis | Rings, by Jeff Belmonte.

Filed under: Equality, Fundies, Politics, Rants, Religion, Romance, Sex

9 Responses

  1. Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan Seal First Same Sex Marriage In Iowa

    Not wasting any time and taking advantage of a $5 waiver of the waiting period in Iowa, Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan sealed the deal on the front lawn of Unitarian minister Rev. Mark Stringer. A few hours later, Judge Robert B. Hanson formally stayed

  2. well, thats pretty cool, but I bet it’ll bring out the republican vote in Iowa.

    hi janie…hows you and the corporal?

  3. al chapelle says:

    To all US Judges and citizens : STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PEOPLE GODDAMIT! LET ANYONE MARRY WHO IS OLD ENOUGH!

  4. JanieBelle says:

    Hi CJ,

    We’re doing well, I’ve just been hogging the computer most of the time, working on The Lilith Quotient.

    I’ve been a little concerned about this invigorating the fundy right wing of the Republican party as well. I’m hoping (I’m a dreamer, what can I say) that the insane screeching that inevitably come from the nutters will only serve to further alienate and marginalize them.

    On the other hand, I may be overestimating the compassion and sanity of the average person.

    I guess I’m sort of a “glass is both half empty and half full” kind of girl.

    Kisses CJ.

    Hello al chapelle (may I call you al?)

    Indeed. The government either needs to apply all civil laws equally to all people, or get the hell out of the marriage business entirely and remove all civil benefit from marriage.

    Marriage is either a religious ceremony with no civil weight whatever, or it’s a civil ceremony and the church gets no say in the process.

    Thanks for your comment.

  5. mollishka says:

    When has it every been a good idea to allow the general poplace vote on civil rights?

  6. Deacon Barry says:

    I hope the hold is temporary and the appeal is thrown out. Once same sex marriage is officially legal in Iowa it’ll create more impetus for other states to follow suit. The US will be about the last country in the Western world to legalise it. It’s legal all over Europe now, and there’s no sign of the institution of marriage breaking up.

  7. JanieBelle says:

    Mollishka,

    Never. It’s the whole reason for the Constitution. There are some things that are just not open to public consent.

    Deacon,

    Indeed, we’ve suffered a bit of undoing of the Enlightenment here, but some days I think that there is hope for progress in re-establishing the ground that’s been lost over the last few decades.

    Kisses to you both.

  8. Infophile says:

    When has it every been a good idea to allow the general poplace vote on civil rights?

    You know, the Conservative government in Canada tried to pull this trick a couple years ago, but eventually it changed from a referendum to a simple vote within the government. The fact that early polls showed the majority of Canadians were fine with gay marriage (somehow, its prior legalization had failed to harm a single heterosexual marriage) likely had nothing to do with this decision.

    It’s actually an interesting case here. At first, there was a lot of opposition to legalizing gay marriage in Canada, but Paul Martin (then Prime Minister) would have none of it. He essentially forced through the legislation to legalize it by pressuring all the members of his party to support it, and it went through. Once it was in effect, people realized that it didn’t actually cause the apocalypse, and when it got pushed to a vote again, with the leadership pushing against it this time, it was reaffirmed.

    This is why every single judge who has the guts to rule in line with the constitution is a massive help. They’re proving to people, slowly but surely, that gay marriage isn’t the threat they think it is.

  9. JanieBelle says:

    Some days I have hope for just such a scenario playing out here, Infophile.

    Other days, not so much.

    Kisses

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