The Iowa Department of Public Health, the keeper of our state’s vital statistics, has a new report on marriage licenses issued between April and the end of December 2009. That includes same-sex marriages made legal by an April 3 Iowa Supreme Court ruling.
The report is below for your perusal.
A few highlights:
1,783 — Number of same-gender licenses issued by Iowa counties
17,600 — Total marriage licenses issued.
901 — License issue where no gender was specified.
14,916 — Opposite-gender licenses issued.
1,138 — Female-female licences.
645 — Male-male licenses.
410 — Same-gender licenses issued in Polk County, the state’s highest total.
208 — Same-gender licenses issued in both Johnson and Scott counties.
94 — Same-gender licenses issued in Linn County
82 — The number of counties where no same-gender licenses were issued.
So, at a minimum, 3,500+ people, and maybe more among the “no-gender given” group, benefited from the court’s ruling and joined the ranks of we married folk. As a point of comparison, Sioux Center has 6,327 people. But in a stunning development, there were no gay marriages in Sioux County.
Not sure how the culture warriors will spin these significant but modest numbers to fit their doomsday scenarios. But I bet they’ll try.