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Judge strikes down law banning gay marriage in Iowa

August 31, 2007

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— A county judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples.

Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson's ruling.

Less than two hours after word of the ruling was publicized, two Des Moines men applied for a license, the first time the county had accepted a same-sex application. The approval process takes three days.

Gary Allen Seronko, 51, was listed as the groom on the form and David Curtis Rethmeier, 29, the bride.

"I started to cry because we so badly want to be able to be protected if something happens to one of us," Rethmeier said.

Deputy Recorder Trish Umthun said she took five calls from gay couples after the judge filed his ruling Thursday afternoon and expected a rush of applications today.

County attorney John Sarcone said the county will appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court and immediately sought a stay from Hanson that would prevent gay couples from seeking a marriage license until the appeal is resolved. The Supreme Court could refer the case to the Iowa Court of Appeals, consider the case itself or decide not to hear it.

A hearing is likely to be held on the stay motion next week, said Camilla Taylor, an attorney with Lambda Legal, a New York-based gay rights organization.

House Minority Leader Christopher Rants, R-Sioux City, said the ruling illustrates the need for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

"I can't believe this is happening in Iowa," he said. "I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January," when the Legislature convenes.

Massachusetts is the only state where gay marriage is legal, though nine other states have approved spousal rights in some form for same-sex couples. Nearly all states have defined marriage as being solely between a man and a woman, and 27 states have such wording in their constitutions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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erod0723 6 years, 7 months ago

"Sodomites have the same rights as anyone else to marry a willing, unmarried member of the opposite gender, same species, who is not of the immediate family."

Parkay, You don't get the point. People in the Gay-Lesbian community don't want to marry people of the other sex. Why do you feel so threatened by what two loving people do in the privacy of their bedroom (or living room, or kitchen, or bathroom, etc)? It is a fundamental right for an individual who is of legal age to marry any other consenting adult person of their choosing. Who are you to push your religious dogma onto others? People just like you used the same argument you use to try to defend the practice of preventing inter-racial marriages. I think there is a quote from that book of yours that goes something like this (apologies for any innaccuracies): "Let he who judges others be judged first."

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 7 months ago

And the judge in Iowa put his ruling on hold after the county announced that it would file an appeal:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/31/iowa.samesex.ap/index.html

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cynical 6 years, 7 months ago

Damn parkay, I'm amazed. You actually made a post without an anti-abortion rant. Miracles do happen.

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Das_Ubermime 6 years, 7 months ago

"The equal rights achieved by minorities, particularly the civil rights were engineered and led by Republicans. MLK was a republican, the republicans in the congress overwhelmingly supported civil rights. The Robert Byrds and Al Gore Srs were the obstacles to the movement. You've lapped up the newspeak and newhistory."

You're trolling up the wrong creek there Colonel. Davidnta clearly wrote about "social conservatives", not "Republicans". Not too bright of a troll, are you?

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americorps 6 years, 7 months ago

parkay, that argument is patently false...

The law, as applied, says that who you can mary is determined by your sex, therefore not affording men and women equal opportunity nor equal protection under the law. If the rule forbids you, due to sex, and it does, then it denys equal rights.

Your regurgitation of sound bites, fortunately, does not change that.

But thanks for trying...I am sure you will get a gold star from the Phelp's or someone.

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Ray Parker 6 years, 7 months ago

This will not stand. Leftist, activist, renegade Judge Robert Hanson was forced by Polk County to stay his ruling within 24 hours. Iowa will vote to have a marriage protection amendment to their state constitution next year. Sodomites have the same rights as anyone else to marry a willing, unmarried member of the opposite gender, same species, who is not of the immediate family.

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Colonel_Angus 6 years, 7 months ago

yourworstnightmare, I don't call anyone names. Why do you resort to such tactics?

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yourworstnightmare 6 years, 7 months ago

Colonel_Anus,

What does the American Dental Association have to say about this? Please post a link.

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smitty 6 years, 7 months ago

Yes, I'm disgusted. Disgusted that it is going to take more energy and time to correct the use of the biased language.

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yourworstnightmare 6 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Rants wants to keep homosexual behavior confined to where it belongs; in airport bathrooms.

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Agnostick 6 years, 7 months ago

SettingTheRecordStraight (Anonymous) says:

"Gary Allen Seronko, 51, was listed as the groom on the form and David Curtis Rethmeier, 29, the bride."

Is anyone else disgusted?


By your self-righteousness and bigotry? Nah, I'm pretty much used to it by now...

Of course, if this were a judge who had struck down a law that was in any way "pro-choice," the last thing on your mind would be "judicial activism"...

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com http://www.uscentrist.org http://www.americanplan.org

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Colonel_Angus 6 years, 7 months ago

davidnta, The equal rights achieved by minorities, particularly the civil rights were engineered and led by Republicans. MLK was a republican, the republicans in the congress overwhelmingly supported civil rights. The Robert Byrds and Al Gore Srs were the obstacles to the movement. You've lapped up the newspeak and newhistory.

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americorps 6 years, 7 months ago

Bubbles (Anonymous) says: I'm getting tired of guys ramming their odd behaviors down our throats.


Funny, I think the same thing about you every time you post

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JJE007 6 years, 7 months ago

SettingTheRecordStraight says: "Gary Allen Seronko, 51, was listed as the groom on the form and David Curtis Rethmeier, 29, the bride." Is anyone else disgusted?


You may as well have ask if anyone else is as disgustingly open with their hateful views. What's it to you if two adults profess their love for each other? Thanks for setting the record straight, though. You are indeed shallow and without imagination. No need to elaborate further!~)

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davidnta 6 years, 7 months ago

Nope not disgusted at all, actually quite happy. People just haven't had time to have the forms changed :P

Poor social conservatives, slowly losing the battle against LGBT/queer folk (just like the one they lost with the racial minorities).

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Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

I'm surprised at Christopher Rants' opinion, considering members of his own party are trying to have gay sex in bathrooms. You'd think he'd support his own people.

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scenebooster 6 years, 7 months ago

"I'm getting tired of guys ramming their odd behaviors down our throats."

A curious statement. We ostensibly live in the same city, and yet I've never had this feeling...

Perhaps you should cut back on the layovers at Minneapolis-St. Paul?

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Colonel_Angus 6 years, 7 months ago

It is about time the progressive struggle has come to the forefront in the war against progressive gratification.

Free Bryan James Hathaway

Bryan James Hathaway is a young minority activist from Wisconsin who has been on the forefront of progressive struggle for the liberation of inanimate objects, plants, animals, and household appliances. His selfless devotion to fighting speciism and necrophobia in our society has led him to be brutally persecuted, tortured, and incarcerated - all for a laughable "crime" of "sexual gratification with a dead deer on the side of the road." As if his prior conviction of "horsing around" had not been enough, the bigoted ruling class is once again making him the whipping boy of their own suppressed anxieties, fantasies, and desires.

http://www.petitiononline.com/free101/petition.html

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Bubbles 6 years, 7 months ago

I'm getting tired of guys ramming their odd behaviors down our throats.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 7 months ago

"Gary Allen Seronko, 51, was listed as the groom on the form and David Curtis Rethmeier, 29, the bride."

Is anyone else disgusted?

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