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Marking Four Years of Gay Marriage in Iowa

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Thousands of Iowans are taking some time to celebrate this weekend. Four years ago Saturday, the Varnum Ruling made gay marriage legal in Iowa.

That was the Iowa State Supreme Court Decision that found state laws prohibiting marriage on the basis of the partners' gender unconstitutional.

Couples flocked to courthouses to get their licenses - some waiting years for the opportunity.

Some couples we spoke to today were worried the law would get repealed - as it was in California due to Proposition 8. So, they were among hundreds of couples from across Iowa who rushed to get marriage licenses as soon as possible after the decision came down making gay marriage legal.

One same-sex couple we spoke to in Davenport said they were shocked when they heard the news four years ago.

And, even though they are happy to have the legal right to marry, they say that doesn't change how they feel about one another.

"I'm happy that I get to be with the person I love and it's not a big deal anymore," Jessica Kent said.

"We knew we were going to be together forever and it was just great that they were willing to recognize that," said Jessica's wife, Maddi. "But in my heart it was always a marriage. And whether they wanted to recognize or not our love is the same as everybody else's."

Jessica and Maddi Kent will be celebrating their fourth anniversary in four days.

They were one of the first couples to be wed in Scott County following the Varnum Ruling.

The fate of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois has still to be decided.

On Valentine's day this year, the Illinois Senate approved the measure. It is currently awaiting a vote in the House.

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