Five years ago today, Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and third state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.
On April 3, 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional.
The advocacy group, One Iowa says more people are embracing the change.
“I think people are moving forward in their thoughts about same gender marriage and how they think about LGTB people,” say One Iowa, executive director, Donna Red Wing.
However critics – like The Family Leader – continue to fight for traditional marriage.
“God created marriage, man didn`t. so we are arrogant to try and change what God created,” says vice president, Chuck Hurley.
Same sex couple, John Sellers and Tom Helten, says they hope one day the topic of gay marriage is not a focal point of criticism.
“I look forward to when it’s not news anymore and it’s something special every day. I think when we get there things are where they should be.”
From 2009 through 2012 more than 6,000 same sex couples have been married in Iowa. Three quarters of those couples came from out of state.