Filed By Alex Blaze | April 27, 2009 10:30 AM | comments
Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics Tags: gay marriage, iowa, marriage, same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage starts in Iowa today. Congrats to anyone going in to get hitched on this lovely April Monday.
Consider this your "Go Hawkeyes" open thread.
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Gee, Alex, I see that you opened up this thread almost five hours ago and up until now there hasn't been a single "bite" at commenting.
Hopefully that's because we've come far enough that the idea of two people of the same sex can legally wed just isn't the stuff of sensationalistic headlines anymore. I'm not all that convinced that's the case, but if it is, it's the real reason to celebrate today in Iowa and elsewhere.
That's what I'm thinking. TBP wasn't around when marriage started in MA, but we were for Cali and it was huge. Then again, it might also have been because of the large gay population in that state....
Connecticut marriages starting wouldn't have even been mentioned here if I didn't put up a similar thread last year, and Iowa just doesn't get the contributors going either... it's just becoming more and more commonplace.
Either that or everyone got celebrated out when the supreme court ruled.
I remember thinking (U of Iowa) Hawkeyes football fans were kind of annoying when I encountered them at a game at Northwestern in the early 90's. For just this one year, I won't be mad if my Wildcats lose to the Hawkeyes. But just this once.
My parents are both from the same small town in Iowa and I've spent a lot of time there over the past 28 years. It's still home to me in a lot of ways, and I couldn't be prouder of my roots.
I think the best thing about this day, on which an injustice was removed, was how peaceful things were. None of the county recorders refused to process applications from same-sex couples and none of the protesters (there weren't many) were confrontational.
At least 386 same-sex marriage applications were filled out on Monday, but only 26 were from out of state. Come on, people! Where is this marriage tourism we were promised? Our economy needs a boost! :)