1 month, 1 week ago by Bob Gough
Illinois and Missouri have accounted for nearly 40 percent of 4,200 out-of-state couples married in Iowa since that state’s Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage in 2009.
Illinois approved civil unions in 2011. Missouri has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Figures from the Iowa Department of Public Health show couples came from 47 of 50 states, including Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Florida, from 2009 through 2012.
Same-sex marriages surged after the April 2009 ruling, department spokeswoman Polly Kim-Carver said, but have declined each year since.
Including Iowa couples, the state recorded a little more than 5,900 same-sex marriages from 2009 through 2012.
Nearly 1,800 of the marriages took place in 2009. The number dropped each subsequent year to 1,247 in 2012. Carver said figures for 2013 will not be released until early next year.