Friday, August 31, 2007

Equality Spreads West

Hurrah! No longer is Massachusetts the lone state to allow same-sex marriage!

First Gay Couple Legally Marries in Iowa

Published: August 31, 2007

Filed at 1:19 p.m. ET

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Two men were married outside a minister's home in the state's first legal same-sex wedding Friday morning, less than 24 hours after a judge threw out Iowa's ban on gay marriage.

It was narrow window of opportunity.

At 11 a.m., after about 20 gay couples had applied for marriage licenses, the Polk County Recorder announced that she had been instructed to stop accepting their applications.

Recorder Julie Haggerty said the instruction came from the county attorney's office after Judge Robert Hanson, the same judge who threw out the ban on Thursday, verbally issued a stay of his ruling at the county's request. Hanson was expected to file the written ruling later in the day, his clerk said.

Haggerty said she is not permitted to accept any more marriage applications from gay couples until the Iowa Supreme Court rules on the county's appeal.

Sure, there's a few hurdles and legal snafus along the way, but I just love knowing that some people are just going ahead and doing the right thing.

Despite this forward-thinking surge of equality, Mitt Romney felt the need to put out a statement saying:

“The ruling in Iowa today is another example of an activist court and unelected judges trying to redefine marriage and disregard the will of the people as expressed through Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act. This once again highlights the need for a Federal Marriage Amendment to protect the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.”

Mitt, would that be the same activist judges who, oh, I don't know, decided to interfere in the Terri Schiavo case? Or perhaps the ones who decided to replace medical professionals in ruling on how a woman's body works in order to take away her rights? Word to the wise, Mitt, don't tar others with the same label stamped on your forehead.

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