Monthly Archives: August 2007

At last — some Good News for a change!:

“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.”

Be that as it may, there’s not question that Gay Marriage has arrived in (take a really deep breath now) The Heartland.

And while we’re at it, Let’s hear it for the Internet!:

“Fritz, 24, said he proposed to McQuillan last night. The two met more than a year ago on FaceBook.

They were holding hands this morning as they walked into the Polk County office building. Soon after they obtained their marriage license, they asked Judge Scott Rosenburg to sign a waiver allowing them to get married today.”

IOW, Marry the Man Today.

But at this celebration they won’t be singing Frank Loesser.

Meredith Wilson’s Da Man.

“Oh, there’s nothing halfway
About the Iowa way to treat you,
When we treat you
Which we may not do at all.
There’s an Iowa kind of special
Chip-on-the-shoulder attitude.
We’ve never been without.
That we recall.
We can be cold
As our falling thermometers in December
If you ask about our weather in July.
And we’re so by God stubborn
We could stand touchin’ noses
For a week at a time
And never see eye-to-eye.
But what the heck, you’re welcome,
Join us at the picnic.
You can eat your fill
Of all the food you bring yourself.
You really ought to give Iowa a try.
Provided you are contrary,
We can be cold
As our falling thermometer in December
If you ask about our weather in July.
And we’re so by God stubborn
We can stand touchin’ noses
For a week at a time
And never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
And a back to go with it
If your crops should happen to die.
So, what the heck, you’re welcome,
Glad to have you with us.
Even though we may not ever mention it again.
You really ought to give Iowa
Hawkeye Iowa
Dubuque, Des
Moines, Davenport, Marshalltown,
Mason City, Keokuk, Ames,
Clear Lake
Ought to give Iowa a try!”