|Johnson County Iowa Court|
|The soon to be newlyweds|
Kim and her very witty partner, Barb, decided to make the trek to Iowa and make their 18 years together official. Natalie and I decided that a return trip to the mid western state where gay marriage is legal was in order. The added bonus of 3 days off from work and spending time with good friends sealed the deal.
On October 13 we stood in the same courthouse in the same courtroom with the same judge watching our friends get married. It was nice to actual hear the marriage vows that I sobbed through. It is also good to finally know I did not agree to "Obey" Natalie. I had just agreed be her partner in life. Their ceremony was beautiful, Barb was radiant and Kim all smiles.
The good people of Iowa did us proud. They were so welcoming and pleased that we came to their state for a wedding. Judge Karen was happy to spend time in her busy day to perform nuptials for two people so obviously in love. She told us that she enjoys marrying people and this year she has married about 75 gay and lesbian couples. After the ceremony we all left the courtroom smiling.
|The wedding party|