Gay Issues

One Year Later, Iowa Gay Marriage Stats

| by Reason Foundation

By Katherine Mangu-Ward

Some stats from the first midwestern state to legalize gay marriage, one year out:

Out-of-staters made up 60 percent of same-sex couples married in Iowa since the state began allowing such unions in April 2009, officials reported Tuesday.

The new report from the Iowa Department of Public Health says 2,020 same-sex marriages were recorded in Iowa from April 27, 2009, through March 31. Only 815 of the couples were from Iowa. The newly married included 199 gay couples from Illinois, 158 from Missouri and 111 from Nebraska.

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Overall, 19,904 couples were married in Iowa during the time period. Of those, 2,020 were listed as "same gender" couples, 16,869 were listed as "opposite gender" and 1,015 were listed as "not stated."

Among gay couples getting married here, 728 were two men, and 1,292 were two women.

Polk County had the most gay marriages, with 484; Scott County had 238; Johnson County, 235; and Pottawattamie County, 222.