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While talking with some of those who had stood in line waiting for a same-sex marriage license in Pottawattamie County Monday, I couldn't help but laugh at one of the statistics.
31 couples applied for marriage licenses in Council Bluffs. 29 of them were same-sex couples. Of course, that means 2 couples were there for the traditional marriage license.
While the line moved fairly fast and I don't know if the two couples ever got caught up in it (they may have come later in the day) -- I couldn't help think about what might be going through their heads. Many of the same-sex couples saw the humor in it too.
Imagine what the conversation could have been like:
'Why are all the news crews here honey?'
'It sure is busy on a Monday.'
'I wish I would have watched the news more closely before deciding on getting a marriage license today.'
'I didn't know so many people got married in Council Bluffs every day.'
and my favorite possibility would be from one of the straight couples' friends:
'Hey, I saw you on the news getting a marriage license the other night That was you, wasn't it?'
It's an aside that came up a few times among the crowd of same-sex couples.
So did one other thing as they jokingly told me, 'Now we can get divorced too!'