Pair reflect on months as married gay couple

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January 20, 2008


"One image encapsulates the chaos of the summer morning five months ago when gay marriage was legal — briefly — in Polk County.

"A crowd of 30, mostly reporters and photographers, encircles two young men under a maple tree. Sean Fritz, bearded and dripping sweat, throws his arms around the tall, redheaded Tim McQuillan. With a kiss, their marriage is sealed - and so is their position as the unlikely poster children of gay marriage in Iowa.

"Another poignant image occurs 138 days later: Hundreds march from the Iowa Statehouse to the Iowa Supreme Court on a January morning, praying as a light snow falls. They lobby legislators for a ban on gay marriage. Sean and Tim's marriage epitomizes the marchers' worst fear."