In three weeks Iowa will begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. My husband and I are making plans to take a day off of work and visit the Recorder's office in Johnson County, Iowa (where he grew up and where his family presently resides) and apply for a license of our own. We've downloaded and reviewed the Application to Marry in Iowa, which has brought up an interesting matter: what to do with our last names?
C and I have actually had this conversation before--several times, in fact. We have previously concluded that we would eventually take a common last name. Our reason for doing this is to make things simpler for our children. But what last name to take? His? Mine? A combination of the two? Something completely new?
We've tossed around a fair number of ideas, but haven't ever settled on one. We decided we would postpone the decision until such a time as we were able to legally marry. After all, it's much less expensive to change your name through marriage--it's all rolled up into the marriage license fee. :-)
Now that we're suddenly able to marry, the decision is upon us again. What name should we take?