Iowa mulls form changes after gay marriage ruling

Posted on 14 Apr 2009 at 11:02am
By Associated Press

Marriage licenses, birth certificates up for review

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa officials are working to change marriage licenses, birth certificates and other documents following a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Attorney general’s office spokesman Bob Brammer says Iowa will revise forms to comply with the court decision. Counties will begin accepting same-sex marriage applications April 27. There’s a three-day waiting period unless a judge grants a waiver.

Besides changing marriage licenses, officials are looking at other forms, such as birth licenses. Iowa law now says they must name the natural mother as "mother." If the woman is married, her husband will be listed as "father."

The forms have caused problems in Massachusetts, another state with legalized gay marriage.

Information from: The Des Moines Register, www.desmoinesregister.com

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