“We have some facilities that people are kind of looking for,” Bieber said. “There’s certain people who are looking to get away from the city. They can’t afford to go to a tropical location for their wedding but they want something kind of unique and we have some different options there and we are kind of a destination spot for weddings.”
The cost to obtain a marriage license in Iowa since has been $35 since 2009, Teddy Walker, Appanoose County recorder, said. Of that $35, Appanoose County keeps $4 and $31 goes to the state.
It took approximately five months from the time the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage to see the first certificate issued in Appanoose County. Since then, a total of 16 same-sex marriage certificates have been issued, all to women.
In 2009, one same-sex marriage certificate was issued in Appanoose County to two Mexico, Mo. residents.
In 2010, four same-sex marriage certificates were issued in Appanoose County. In January, two Des Moines residents; in February, two Centerville residents; in May, two Kirksville, Mo. residents; and in October, two Bloomington, Ill. residents.
In 2011, four same-sex marriage certificates were issued in Appanoose County. In March, two Peoria, Ill. residents; in May, two Des Moines residents; in June, two Centerville residents; and in July, two Centerville residents.
In 2012, six same-sex marriage certificates were issued in Appanoose County. In February, two Centerville residents; in March, two Green Castle, Mo. residents; in May, two Unionville, Mo. residents; in June, two Missouri City, Texas residents; in September, two Columbia, Mo. residents; and in November, two RidgeCrest, La. residents.
In 2013, so far one same-sex marriage certificate has been issued in Appanoose County. In March, two Peters, Mo. women tied the knot.
The total number of marriages in Appanoose County for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 come to 340, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. A review of marriage certificates filed at the Appanoose County recorder’s office shows since April 27, 2009, 377 marriage certificates were issued.
After marriage certificates are recorded, they are sent on to the Iowa Department of Public Health Vital Records division.