It was a year ago today that same sex marriage became legal in the state of Iowa. Iowa was the third state in the county to legalize gay marriage, and is currently one of five states in the nation to allow members of the same sex to marry. Marion County Recorder Karen Schwanebeck says the new marriage forms in the county have changed and include an optional gender question along with a question that allows applicants to check a box stating if they are the bride, groom or spouse. Schwanebeck says many people choose to leave these spaces blank seeing that they are optional. She adds that unless names on the forms are very gender apparent or you personally wait on the couple, it can be difficult to know if they are the same sex or not. Schwanebeck says to her recollection Marion County has had 6 same sex couples apply, 3 of which are from out of state.