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Gay Couple Marries Before Iowa Judge Stays Ruling

Window of opportunity was just 3½ hours
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2007 7:33 PM CDT
Gay Couple Marries Before Iowa Judge Stays Ruling
Sean Fritz holds his marriage license before his wedding with Tim McQuillan, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Ames, Iowa, couple was married a day after a judge threw out the state's ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)

Two college students became Iowa's first—and, so far, only—legally married same-sex couple today before a judge stayed his own ruling that overturned a ban on gay marriage. About 20 couples completed the marriage-license application between 7:30 and 11am, when the county recorder stopped issuing them. “This might be our only chance,” one applicant told the AP.

Meanwhile, one state legislator calling for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and the governor alluded to the possibility of state intervention. The county attorney requested and received the stay, and the case next moves to the state supreme court. Until the high court rules, the validity of the marriage is unclear, the Des Moines Register reported. (Read more Iowa stories.)

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