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Friday, April 03, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Painter prepares for possibility of gay marriages

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

The Johnson County Recorder said she's preparing for the possibility
that gay marriage will be legal in Iowa tomorrow. But Kim Painter said
she anticipates some delay will be included in the Varnum v. Brien
ruling. The ruling is scheduled to be posted on the Iowa Supreme Court
web site by 8:30 Friday. "I think it's very likely there will be some
sort of stay" to allow more preparation time, said Painter, adding
that the Supreme Court would not want to create 'stampede' situations
at courthouses. But if the Court's ruling is effective immediately,
Painter said she would promptly begin issuing licenses. "I'm checking
with the Department of Public Health on the forms," said Painter. "Do
we have to cross off 'bride' and 'groom?' I don't want some bureaucrat
to invalidate my marriages."


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