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Legals & Logistics for Your Ceremony in the Central & Midwestern US

Iowa, with its state motto ‘Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain,’ enacted legislation in April 2009, becoming the first state in this part of the nation to support the relationships of its gay & lesbian citizens with the full rights and responsibilities of marriage.

here are now three states in the Central & Midwestern US that offer some type of recognition for gay & lesbian commitments: Iowa (full marriage rights), Illinois (civil unions), and Wisconsin (domestic partnerships). The governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, signed the civil union legislation into effect on February 1, 2011 before a cheering crowd. “Today is an important day in the history of our state because today we are showing the world that the people of Illinois believe in equality for all,” Quinn said. “We look forward to individuals and businesses from across the country choosing to move to Illinois where we believe that everyone is entitled to the same rights.” The legislation will go into effect on June 1, 2011.

Overview of Filing for Your Marriage License in Iowa: Always be sure to check with the County Recorder’s office for updated information!

• One witness necessary when filing for license

• No residency restrictions

• Proof of prior divorce decree, if applicable to either partner

• Picture ID and Social Security ID required • 3-Day Waiting Period; no tests required

• Fees app. $30

To find screened, gay-friendly wedding professionals in your area, visit the Orange Pages in this issue, or our extended Directory online at

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The 2011 LGBT Wedding Planning Guide (Vol. 6, Is. 1)  

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