100 Women We Love Class of 2010

Kate and Trish Varnum

Kate and Trish Varnum have been together for more than nine years and legally married for almost one. The road to their wedding began in 2005, when Lambda Legal filed the landmark marriage equality case Varnum v Brien on behalf of them and five other lesbian and gay couples in Iowa. In April 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state’s ban on marriage for same-gender couples was unconstitutional. Trish (left) and Kate are aware of the importance of lending their voices to the fight for equality. "All of us have a story to tell. By telling our stories, we can find common ground and educate those around us,” Kate says. The Varnums live in Cedar Rapids, Kate’s hometown. -CB