Once again, Iowa has found itself in the national spotlight. Monday morning, couples of the same sex lined up in counties recorder offices to apply for their marriage licenses. I followed a middle-aged couple from Urbandale, Denny Phillips and Patrick Schrock-Phillips. They were married in a religious ceremony three years ago at a Des Moines church. But that was, of course, before Iowa legally recognized same-sex marriage.
Today, they felt a bit like ping pongs. To apply for their newly-legalized marriage and the waiver they would need to avoid waiting three days before they could get married, they began in line at the Polk County Administration Building, went to the Polk Co. Courthouse, went back to the Admin Bldg, went to their church to get married and then returned to the Admin Bldg to turn in their signed certificate from their ceremony. They honeymooned after their religious ceremony three years ago to Montreal and Quebec. They pre-honeymooned last weekend to Boston. And to celebrate after their ceremony today...they planned to go to brunch and then go back to work.
Here's the raw video of their wedding today...
and the story I did for the Channel 13 News at 6.