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First Same-Sex Marriage Occurs in Iowa

Timothy Kincaid

August 31st, 2007

In the tiny window between Judge Hanson declaring the gay marrage ban in Iowa unconstitutional and his stay on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Tim McQuillan and Sean Fritz got married. Per the Des Moines Register:

The couple — Tim McQuillan and Sean Fritz, both Iowa State University students — obtained a marriage license at the Polk County recorder’s office and got a judge to sign a waiver allowing them to marry today rather than wait three days, as is required by law.

They were married by the Rev. Mark Stringer of First Unitarian Church in Des Moines at 10:32 a.m. Before the ceremony, Stringer said, ” Awesome. It’s a long time coming.”

It remains to be seen whether this marriage will be registered, invalidated, or something in between.



Sean McQuillan
December 10th, 2008 | LINK

I was somehow unaware of this blog post until now. To answer the question, the clerks office was very happy to file the paperwork and we have been married for more than a year now.

Timothy Kincaid
December 10th, 2008 | LINK


Congratulations and we’re certainly hoping that the Iowa Supreme Court finds in your favor.

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