Wedding Bells in Iowa!

A judge struck down Iowa’™s DOMA law, and gay couples are beginning to line up at the courhouses. Good for them, bad for political discourse in Iowa over the next several months.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Gay marriage comes to the heartland. From the AP Wire:

A county judge struck down Iowa’™s decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples.

Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson’™s ruling.

Less than two hours after word of the ruling was publicized, two Des Moines men applied for a license, the first time the county had accepted a same-sex application. The approval process takes three days.

Gary Allen Seronko, 51, was listed as the groom on the form and David Curtis Rethmeier, 29, the bride.

‘œI started to cry because we so badly want to be able to be protected if something happens to one of us,’ Rethmeier said.

Deputy Recorder Trish Umthun said she took five calls from gay couples after the judge filed his ruling Thursday afternoon and expected a rush of applications Friday.

Of course, this will be appealed, and the Christians all over Iowa will be calling for an amendment to the state constitution. Politicians, and every single one running for President is in the state constantly, are now going to be asked the gay marriage question. So we’™re going to be focused on this issue from now until the caucuses, to the exclusion of other very important issues. Don’™t get me wrong, civil rights for gay people are very important, but they should not dominate our discussions, and believe me, they will dominate over the next several months in Iowa. Yeah, I’™m not seeing this as all good news.

Friday, August 31st, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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