No reporters stood outside the Council Bluffs, Iowa, courthouse when Bambi Smith and Sarah Fentress arrived there from Lincoln at 6:15 a.m. on April 27, 2009 -- the first day same-sex marriage licenses were available in Iowa.
"We wanted to get there early because we wanted to be the first ones there so that we could get in and out, and go and enjoy the rest of our day off," Fentress said.
But by the time the Pottawattamie County Courthouse opened, droves of reporters and cameras had arrived, and Smith and Fentress -- who were first in line -- were videotaped and photographed as they applied for their license.
They are one of 111 Nebraska couples who went to Iowa for same-sex marriage licenses during the first year it was legal.
On the ride home, Fentress, who worked for a Lincoln nonprofit, started to worry about all the attention.
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