Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fewer People Married in Iowa in 2010 Compared to 2009

Fewer people in Iowa married in 2010 when compared to 2009, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Gay and lesbian couples (including my husband and I) accounted for 7.6% of the 20,880 marriage licenses filed in 2010.

About 3.9% of the marriages in Iowa were not clearly "het marriages" or "gay marriages".


KyleJL said...

Question, how do they not know what the gender was. Does Iowa have the ability to decline stating your gender?

Jon said...

I haven't quite figured that out, Kyle. It's been over a year since I saw the marriage license application. It's possible that the gender line is optional and the people have gender ambiguous names.

If nothing else, allowing gay couples to marry in Iowa hasn't decreased the number of heterosexuals marrying. In fact, those numbers went up slightly in 2010. That's one of the arguments anti-marriage equality arguments: that allowing gays to marry will essentially "de-value" marriage and in turn decrease the numbers of hets marrying. So far that's not happening.