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.”