He dug his lawnmower out of the garage and the two of them rushed over to the Polk County Recorder's office in Des Moines, IA. However, he ran into problems getting his marriage license processed. It seems that Congressman King forgot to tell Polk County Recorder Julie Haggerty that it was okay for people to marry objects. She ultimately turned Rynard away.
Here's a transcript of their interaction:
Rynard: Hi Julie, so I came by the Recorder’s office today because I want to get a marriage license. For myself and my lawnmower.You can watch the entire video here.
Haggerty: Ok, the answer to that would be no. First of all – well, I should back up a bit and say how old is your lawnmower?
Rynard: Maybe six or seven years.
Haggerty: You have to be 18 years old to get a marriage license. And the other person, the other party needs to be able to sign a contract, has to have a government ID, and has to be able to have a witness who says they can enter into a contract. So I think on those counts alone you can’t marry your lawnmower.
Rynard: Now is it because I’m already married to a woman? Would I have to divorce her first? With the stuff Steve King is saying, it seems like everything is fair game now.
Haggerty: See, I should probably have asked that question first, are you married? Because if you’re still married, obviously you can’t enter into a contract.
Rynard: Ok, so no marriage with my lawnmower?
Haggerty: No marriage because you’re married, and no marriage with a lawnmower because it’s an inanimate object. You cannot marry a lawnmower.
Rynard: What about a snow blower?
Haggerty: [shakes head no]