Tears and Joy Greet Move toward Marriage Equality in Iowa

Judge Strikes Down Iowa Gay Marriage Ban – Guardian Unlimited

Less than two hours after a judge struck down Iowa’s decade-old gay marriage ban, two Des Moines men applied for a marriage license as bride and groom, and county officials said they expected to see more same-sex couples doing the same on Friday.

“I started to cry because we so badly want to be able to be protected if something happens to one of us,” said David Curtis Rethmeier, 29, who was listed as the bride on that first marriage form, with Gary Allen Seronko, 51, as his groom.

Polk County Judge Robert Hanson cleared the way for the two men on Thursday when he ruled that a state law allowing marriage only between a man and woman violated the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection.

The judge ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for the six gay couples who sued. With the ruling, gay couples across the state can now apply for a marriage license in the central-Iowa county.

Best wishes to all the newlyweds-to-be. Perhaps this would be a good time for the state of Iowa to revamp its marriage-license application forms.