They were the first same-sex couple to marry in the state during a brief window when it was legal for just a few hours. The district court judge who had ruled in favor of marriage equality issued a stay the next day, preventing any other same-sex couples from obtaining a wedding license until the state’s Supreme Court ruled in 2009. Also featured in the picture is the couple’s officiant, Rev. Mark Stringer, minister of the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines. The wedding took place on Stringer’s front lawn.
The couple was legally married in Iowa, but had their wedding in Chicago. As of June 1 of this year, their Iowa marriage will be recognized as a civil union in Illinois. Thanks to Gov. Pat Quinn for signing the civil unions bill today!
The Missouri couple has organized a series of “Marriage Equality Bus” trips from St. Louis to Iowa, enabling about 100 same-sex couples, including themselves, to legally marry. They plan to continue organizing the trips. Their efforts are featured in a documentary film called “Heartland Transport.” Read more here and follow their blog here.