“Love Bus” Brings Marriage Seeking Same-Sex Couples To Iowa City

March 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

from Eastern Iowa Government.

Rev. Steven Protzman

Same-sex couples seeking marriage have found a home in Iowa City to tie the knot.  Friday afternoon 10 couples from Missouri took a six hour ride on the “Love Bus” to get married in Iowa City.

“I’m really excited to see people are coming up here,” said the Reverend Steven Protzman of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City.  “We’re really proud of this.”

Since gay marriage was made legal in 2009 hundreds of same-sex couples have been married at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City.

“A couple of months ago I had a couple from Minnesota come down that wanted to be married,” Protzman said.  “It was fun to welcome them, I’ve heard from a couple in Kentucky that’s coming this summer.”

The marriages have provided a boost to the Iowa City economy.  Couples who made the trip Friday said they planned to spend some time in Iowa City, and many said they planned to return.

“I know me and my partner will come back,” said Carla Howell.

One couple even said they would consider moving to Iowa City because of the acceptance they’d received during the trip.

“It seems like a peaceful town, they recognize gays and lesbians,” said Sean Mack, who previously married her wife in Missouri, but was happy to make it official in Iowa City.  ”(We) don’t have to worry about anybody teasing you.”

The “Love Bus” has made nearly a dozen trips to Iowa City in the past three years.  The bus left St. Louis, Missouri at 5 a.m. Friday morning and arrived in Iowa City shorly before 11 a.m.  Couples stopped for a reception at the Riverside Casino on the trip back to St. Louis.

Protzman said he expects the “Love Bus” to return to the church within six months.

It’s exciting to marry couples “legally,” Protzman said.

Read the article from Eastern Iowa Government.

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