Iowa

Iowa has recognized marriage for same-sex couples since April 3, 2009.  Marriage licenses began being issued on April 27, 2009.

The Williams Institute released a study in 2008 titled, “The Impact on Iowa’s Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry.” The conclusion was that Iowa could see a net gain of $5.3 million each year for the state, mainly though savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefit programs and an increase in state income and sales tax revenue.

Why Marriage Matters Alabama publicly thanks Why Marriage Matters Iowa for their help and encouragement on getting us started.

For more information on marriage in Iowa see http://www.oneiowa.org/be-informed/getting-married-iowa

Terry Lowman and Mark Kassis exchanging vows at their wedding, which took place at the Unitarian Universalist fellowship in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday, September 2, 2007. They were the second same sex Iowa couple to marry after obtaining a legal marriage certificate in Polk County, Iowa. Photo by Ramsey on Wikipedia.

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