Iowa official accused of gay marriage fraud

A county deputy clerk of court in Iowa's Grundy County, Brigette Van Nice, is accused of falsifying information on a public record in an effort to legalize a marriage of two Florida men that never occurred. The men never actually traveled to Iowa, one of six states where gay marriage is legal, for the ceremony, investigators say.
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A county deputy clerk of court in Iowa's Grundy County, Brigette Van Nice, is accused of falsifying information on a public record in an effort to legalize the marriage of two Florida men that never occurred, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports. The men never actually traveled to Iowa, one of six states where gay marriage is legal, for the ceremony, investigators say.

She's on paid administrative leave and was charged with two counts of forgery and one count of perjury, Class D felonies, the newspaper reports.

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