Kate Varnum, 34, of Cedar Rapids, one of the plaintiffs in the
case, introduced Trish Varnum, 43, as her fianceé at the news
conference following the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling.
“I never thought I’d be able to say that,” Varnum said, choking up with emotion.
The couple has been in a relationship for seven years and lives six blocks from Kate Varnum’s childhood home.
“We are blessed by our family and our friends, and we are blessed to live in Iowa,” Varnum said.
Jason Morgan and Chuck Swaggerty
Plaintiff Jason Morgan, 38, said his partner of 11 1/2 years, Chuck Swaggerty, 36, is the only person with whom he’s been in a relationship.
“We have been together in sickness and health, through the death of his mother, through the adoption of our children, through four long years of this legal battle, and if being together through all of that isn’t love and commitment or isn’t family, or isn’t marriage, than I don’t know what is,” Morgan said, his voice filled with emotion. “We are very happy with the decision today and very proud to live in Iowa.”
Morgan said they haven’t decided on details of their wedding yet.
“Just like any other couple, we’ll work that out,” Morgan said. “We don’t feel like we have to rush.”
Dawn and Jen BarbouRoske
Dawn, 40, and Jen, 38, of Iowa City have been together for more than
18 years and heard news of Friday’s ruling with their daughters, McKinley, 10, and Breeanna, 6.
“Our girls are going to have equal rights,” Jen BarbouRoske said. “We’ve always wanted the kids to grow up in a world where they had the same rights as everybody else. They can be proud. They can be proud they stood up.”
The couple said they hope to get married soon after the 21-day delay period imposed by the court ends.