Gay marriage in Iowa: only for the quick
Actually, I bet the couple wishes others could follow in their footsteps. Photo by Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press and stolen from the NYT.
When you're gay and gotta get married RIGHT NOW before the judge issues a stay prohibiting further gay marriages, count on the Unitarians to come through:
Emphasis added. Once again, I'm proud to have my denomination be the go-to people for gay marriage. Rock on Iowa UUs!
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Same-sex marriage was legal here for less than 24 hours before the county won a stay of a judge's order on Friday, a tiny window of opportunity that allowed two men to make history but left dozens of other couples disappointed after a frantic rush to the altar.
At 2 p.m. Thursday, Judge Robert Hanson ordered Polk County officials to accept marriage license requests from same-sex couples, but he granted the stay at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. By then 27 same-sex couples had filed applications, but only Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan of Ames had made it official by getting married and returning the signed license to the courthouse in time.
In the front yard of the Rev. Mark Stringer, pastor of the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, they become the only same-sex couple wed in the U.S. outside of Massachusetts, where some 8,000 such couples have tied the knot.
That's pretty mean to have it for such a short period of time. Gay marriage..NOT! How cruel. I bet that couple could sell their marriage certificate on ebay for a lot of money. Of course, since it's valid, they probably don't want to sell it.
I have a feeling that twenty years from now, states that amended their constitutions to prevent same sex marriage are going to be seen as ridiculous throwbacks and feel pretty stupid and embarrassed. But there will be enough homophobes who haven't died off or had a change of heart that the states will have a hard time amending their constitutions again to allow it. It'll be a mess. And I'll laugh at their sorry prejudiced asses when all the cool corporations move away because no gay people will move there. Heck, I'll laugh at their sorry prejudiced asses now.