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Stats show same-sex couples come from outside Iowa

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - A report shows most of the gay marriages performed in Iowa since the state began allowing same-sex unions in April 2009 involved couples from out of state.

The report from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows 2,020 same-sex marriages were recorded since April 27, 2009 through March 31. Of those couples, 815 were from Iowa.

The rest were from elsewhere, including 199 couples from Illinois, 158 from Missouri and 111 from Nebraska.

There were nearly 10,000 couples married in Iowa during the time period.

Justin Uebelhor of the gay-rights group One Iowa says he wasn't surprised to see that so many of the gay couples were from other states. He says many have Iowa ties and wanted to get married at home, while others live in nearby states.

Online Anchor/Reporter:  Bob Waters

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