Iowa court official accused of gay marriage fraud

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An Iowa court official is accused of helping a same-sex couple from
Florida to get a marriage certificate without stepping foot in the
state.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Grundy County Deputy
Clerk of Court Brigitte Van Nice was arrested Wednesday and charged
with two counts of forgery and one count of perjury.

A complaint says Van Nice received an online ordination last year
allowing her to perform weddings. She started talking with two Florida
men who were interested in getting married in Iowa, one of six states
that allow same-sex marriage.

The complaint says Van Nice filed a false document in February
claiming that she officiated their marriage and that two people
witnessed it.

A message left for Van Nice wasn't returned early Thursday.

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