April 10th, 2009

365 Gay: News

Iowa gay marriages delayed

(Des Moines, Iowa) The Iowa Supreme Court is delaying the date when same-sex couples can begin filing for marriage licenses because of budget cuts.

Court spokesman Steve Davis announced Tuesday that people can file for licenses beginning Monday, April 27. That’s three days after the previously announced date of April 24.

Davis says the court opted for the delay because April 24 was designated as a furlough day, when courts will close to save money because of budget cuts.

It’s one of eight days the state’s courts will close before the end of the fiscal year June 30.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last Friday that a state law limiting marriage to a man and a woman violates the constitutional rights of equal protection, opening the door to same-sex marriage.

Comments (9)
  • Justin Said: April 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    • Incredibly great news on marriage equality, and even more incredible that it be in a State few would have ever expected this early in the game… this aside, may I ask if there are no licenses being issued to opposite sex couples during this same time frame due to ‘budget cuts’ ??? … and may I ask if these licenses are ‘FREE’, or does Iowa charge a fee (tax) that in fact would help alieviate their budget problems ???

  • Jean Ihenry Said: April 7th, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    • It is wonderful news, although the delay is troubling. It is a simple eligibility change, not a new process. Somebody once said “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

  • Ophidimancer Said: April 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    • Longest three days. Ever.

  • GayMarriageTruth Said: April 7th, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    • @Justin:

      The article clearly says that the original date selected is a “furlough” date, so NOBODY is going to be getting licenses that day, since the Courts will all be closed. There is nothing sinister going on here, it was simply ah honest mistake when they made the initial ruling - somebody didn’t look at the calendar very closely.

      Also, considering the fact that they DO have budget problems, you can be sure that they don’t offer ANYTHING for free. Marriage licenses ALWAYS come with a fee, everywhere. Certainly a new slew of same sex marriages will increase the state and county revenues and help with that budget crisis, just as it did in California, but that’s not going to happen in time for the State to cancel an already scheduled furlough date just for the purpose of opening the Courts on a Friday for this reason only.

  • Winfield Scott Said: April 7th, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    • It’s been 40 years since Stonewall.

      I don’t think anyone’s going to freak-out about having to wait three more days.

      And by the way, Thanks Iowa! And …way to go, Vermont!!!

  • shawn Said: April 7th, 2009 at 5:25 pm
    • I must say I’m quite astounded by the Iowa ruling! however, let’s not get lazy. Only 7 Justices struck down the one man/one woman requirements. You can bet that the religious zonks are gonna be coming after us with a lynch mob. Kinda funny actually. Oh how I wish I could’ve been a fly on the office wall of the Mor(m)on headquarters in SLC(porn and meth ditribution capital of the country) when those a-holes got wind of this ruling. LMFAO!!!!!

  • Justin Said: April 7th, 2009 at 7:28 pm
    • GayMarriageTruth…

      Precisely… although with a pissy attitude, you made my point !

      The best way to alieviate a ‘Budget shortfall’ is to find a way to bring in additional funds, especially when these funds are not a tax increase, but rather a ‘tax’ that is voluntarily paid by people wanting a ‘license’ to get married… then the big cash goes out and spurs the rest of the economy from the weddings, etc…. which creates job’s, which creates more taxes paid for those wages. GET IT ??? NO MORE BUDGET SHORTFALL !

  • The Menstruator Said: April 7th, 2009 at 10:57 pm
    • What? They don’t have the paper to print on? One would think the revenue was the idea. Marriage licenses generate cash money, no?

  • drewski Said: April 9th, 2009 at 12:18 am
    • Almost every state (local gov’ts too) is looking to furlough staff. Depending on how a furlough is done, it can have a greater or lesser impact on access to services. In my facility, we’ll be furloughed (”cost saving days”), but our hours and our services won’t change because each person schedules their days off so it doesn’t affect performance. In some states, though, all state offices may close (this includes courts above the municipal level). It’s not discrimination, it’s a lack of money.