Gunder-friend Productions



Helen shot the footage for these three videos and edited two of them. They are related to the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that the state's 10-year-old ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. They videos are posted in chronological order with an explanation of the context of each video.



MARK AND TERRY'S WEDDING (2007) On Thursday, August 30, 2007, Judge Robert Hanson of Polk County (Des Moines area) ruled that Iowa's 10-year prohibition of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. On Friday morning, several same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses at the Polk County Court House. One of those couples was married and registered their marriage before Judge Hanson put a delay on the decision late in the morning, pending a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court. Mark Kassis and Terry Lowman, who had been together for 30 years, were one of the couples who obtained a marriage license that morning, prior to the judge announcing the hold. Mark and Terry were then married at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames on Sunday, following the 11 a.m. UUFA program. On Monday, when they went back to Des Moines, they were not allowed to register their marriage. But they did have a legal license and ceremony, becoming one of Iowa's first, same-sex, married couples. Helen videotaped the ceremony, and a friend of the couple edited the footage. (length: 5:45)




IOWA MARRIAGE EQUALITY (2009) On April 3, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously overturned the state's 10-year ban on same-sex marriage. However, the decision did not take formal effect until April 27 when the Supreme Court issued a legal order to carry out its ruling. This video uses a portion of the decision's text and footage from a rally organized by One Iowa on the central campus of Iowa State University near Morrill Hall and the ISU library on April 3. (length: 2:50)




MARK AND TERRY FINALIZE THEIR MARRIAGE (2009) On April 27, 2009, Mark Kassis and Terry Lowman drove to the Story County Court House, escorted by Helen and their minister, the Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger, and went through the hoops to re-do and record their marriage license. (length 6:44)