FILE - In this April 27, 2009, file photo Denny Schrock, left, and Patrick Phillips, right, wait to apply for a marriage license in Des Moines, Iowa. Ever since gay couples began flocki

 

              FILE - In this April 27, 2009, file photo Denny Schrock, left, and Patrick Phillips, right, wait to apply for a marriage license in Des Moines, Iowa. Ever since gay couples began flocki
FILE - In this April 27, 2009, file photo Denny Schrock, left, and Patrick Phillips, right, wait to apply for a marriage license in Des Moines, Iowa. Ever since gay couples began flocking to Iowa to marry three years ago, conservative Republicans have been looking forward to amassing enough political power to put an end to it. But now that the opportunity is finally approaching, their goal may be slipping out of reach as conservative lawmakers watch public opinion move away from them on the issue. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)