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Same-Sex Marriages on Hold in Iowa

Posted on Aug 31, 2007
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AP Photo / Charlie Niebergall

The deal is sealed:  Sean Fritz (left) embraces his husband, Tim McQuillan, in Iowa’s Polk County on Friday.

Just hours after Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriages was lifted by Polk County Judge Robert Hanson, the judge agreed to stay his ruling upon a request from the Polk County attorney, who will file an appeal.  However, one lucky couple was able to seal the deal before the stay was granted.

Hanson ruled that the state law banning same-sex marriage must be nullified, severed and stricken from the books, and the marriage laws “must be read and applied in a gender neutral manner so as to permit same-sex couples to enter into a civil marriage ...”

“This is kind of the American Dream,” said plaintiff Jen BarbouRoske, of Iowa City. “I’m still feeling kind of shaky. It’s pure elation. I just cannot believe it.”

Kate Varnum of Cedar Rapids, another plaintiff, said she was elated but expected more legal battles: “I don’t expect this to be the last one.”

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By purplewolf, September 2, 2007 at 11:29 am Link to this comment

Hey Waxman, how about RATPUKELICATS

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By waxman, September 1, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment


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By ProfessorVP, September 1, 2007 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment

Purple, only Waxman knows for sure exactly what he was getting at, but here is my impression.  In most discussions of same-sex marriage (often incorrectly called gay marriage, since a lot of gay people are already married to people of the opposite sex), eventually one of two comments will appear.  Sometimes both.  One will be, “If men marry men (the lesbians are usually left out of it), what’s next- a man marrying a dog?”  The other will be, “If men marry men, why not a man marrying a tree?”  So- correct me, Waxman, if I’m wrong- but that was the general direction of your cat-and-squirrel comment.  Or tell me if I’m right.

The point of these comparisons is that certainly two adult men love each other, would like to settle down and have all the protections, perks and responsibilities of marriage, are not substantially different from a toad marrying a rollerskate, a pig marrying an umbrella, a telephone marrying a cup of ramen noodles… well, you get the idea.  It is complete absurdity not even worth debating, like women voting, or ocean liners not falling over the edge of the earth.

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By purplewolf, September 1, 2007 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

# 98053 Waxman:
Squirrels are of the rodent family,therein lies your problem getting your cat to breed with it,however it might feed with it.You can breed a guinea pig with a rabbit and you get a guinea-bun.No joke,it is not always successful in breeding the two,but there are cases of it having worked.I raised guinea pigs at one time and put a male one in with the female rabbit. He was always aroused but she didn’t like him to much and doing what female rabbits do to males,rabbit or other,when that don’t want this type of attention,she bit it off him. He never produced any further progeny for the pet stores.I don’t know if your comment is a joke,my answer is accurate. And let this be a lesson to all those people who feel that they have to control the personal lives of total strangers to force them to be like you, narrow minded,unhappy,mean spirited and hateful petty little people.Learn a lesson from the rabbit.

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By RAE, September 1, 2007 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

Look a little further outside the box, Professor. The world doesn’t end at the US borders, you know.

I live in “small town prairie Canada” in an environment clogged with churches of all dominations. There was a Pride Parade down the main street this year - no protestors whatsoever.

It’s all in the attitude. A little Golden Rule goes a long way to making life liveable FOR EVERYONE. The world’s narrow-minded bigots should try it sometime.

It takes a whole lot less effort to “live and let live” than to start with the bullshit the Iowa politicians are engaged in - for that matter almost the whole of the USA. For a country with the most money and most power to still be acting like an ignorant, immature, terrified child is, or should be, considered an embarrassing disgrace.

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By waxman, August 31, 2007 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment


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By ProfessorVP, August 31, 2007 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment

Which is exactly where, Rae?  I lived in San Francisco for many years, and I assure you, except for a few neighborhoods, it is an ordinary, conservative city where gays and straights live separate lives.

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By RAE, August 31, 2007 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment

In this life there are choices to be made and the attendant consequences to be dealt with.

If you choose to live where “the majority” declares you to be a second class citizen, then QUIT COMPLAINING about being discriminated against. It is YOU who chooses to live there… no one asked you to.

Life is far too short to waste it wrestling with Luddite mentalities such as are in control in the State of Iowa. If it were me I’d MOVE to where I and my partner are accepted and valued.

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By ProfessorVP, August 31, 2007 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

It is likely that the State of Iowa will rush to implement some sort of state Defense of Marriage Act (so-named for the Clinton Era law; remember those marriage experts, the Clintons?)

There is nothing in the Consitution, folks, that says that two consensual adults can’t have equal marriage rights just because you think they are icky and the thought of them having sex gives you the heebie jeebies.

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