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The Central/Midwestern US


Legals & Logistics for Your Ceremony in the Central & Midwestern US owa?!

Iowa’s 1847 motto ‘Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain,’ to date Iowa remains the only state in the region that provides full marriage rights to its gay & lesbian citizens. The legislation was passed in April 2009, and licenses began issuance on April 27th. Wisconsin does offer domestic partnership status, and motions toward considering same-sex marriage legislation have been made in states like Illinois.


Overview of Filing for Your Marriage License in Iowa: Always be sure to check with the County Recorder’s office for updated information! ● No residency restrictions ● Picture ID and Social Security ID


● 3-Day Waiting Period; no tests required ● One witness necessary when filing

for license

● Proof of prior divorce decree,

if applicable to either partner

● Fees app. $30

Dean Genth & Gary Swenson of Mason City, IA held their Civil Union Ceremony in 2004, but on May 31, 2009 celebrated their legally recognized Wedding Day midst 400 joyful guests. Photo by Matthew H. Smith

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

Stylish Celebration in Chicago by Marianne Puechl senior editor

Swank. Trendy. Vintage. Artisticallyinspired. Truly, the possibilities are endless when it comes to your Fabulous Gay Wedding in Chicago. This lively city offers a vibrant and historic backdrop, with diverse flavors and cultural heritage from all over the world. Whatever your Dream may be, it’s absolutely possible in the Windy City. Same-sex marriage may not be legally recognized as of yet; however, every weekend finds couples throughout Illinois choosing to tie-the-knot. For locals, as well as those from out-of-state who envision a destination wedding in Chicago, this energetic hotspot has a draw that can prove irresistible.

Your Ceremony

The rich cultural influences within the city translate to a wide variety of options for you and your partner. As you plan your wedding, you’ll have the opportunity to pick and choose from virtually limitless settings and themes. Outdoor parks, with views of the many waterways or the expansive Lake Michigan, can provide a signature location as you exchange your vows. Weddings on the water are even a possibility, onboard a private vessel weaving its way along the Chicago River. Non-denominational churches abound, as well as gay-friendly

synagogues and other spiritual settings. Local officiants are often well-versed in many religious traditions, including Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and Interfaith.

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Volume 5, Issue 1  

The 2010 Planning Resource Guide.

Volume 5, Issue 1  

The 2010 Planning Resource Guide.