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Old 07-20-2013, 08:51 AM
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Hi! My fiance and I currently live in South Bend, IN. We both are in college and will be expecting our first child soon. My fiance is planning to go to PA school in Iowa once we graduate. She is very interested in Des Moines University so as of now that is where we plan to move. We have visited Des Moines and the school and we LOVED it. Also, we will soon be travelling back to Des Moines to get married, then we plan to come back to Indiana until we graduate. We are simply getting married early so that when we do come to Iowa with our child we will already be married and I will have all of my rights over our child. But...back to my question (haha)...we know that Iowa has gay marriage, (clearly), but we understand that this does not mean that the whole state is accepting of it. We do not necessarily want to live IN Des Moines because we like the quiter, more small town feelings, (especially for raising our family). The problem with that is that we are worried that if we move to a small surrounding town we may get crap from the residents. Most of all, we do not want our child to feel like something is wrong or get any crap at school or etc. Thus, we would love to move somewhere that is accepting or at least does not outwardly show their disagreements on our family. It would also be amazing to live near other same sex families because we do not want our child to feel "different". Overall, we just want to live our lives and be in a place where our family can flourish and be happy. Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:12 AM
Location: Minneapolis
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I'd be surprised if you or your child have much trouble anywhere. There are more and less forward-thinking and liberal parts of the metro, of course, but even in the most conservative corners, I really don't think you'd face very much protest.

DMU is right smack dab in the center of the most urban part of the city outside downtown, so normally I would recommend Sherman Hill, but it's quite a bustling area and doesn't seem like something you'd want.

I would start by looking at Ankeny, Clive, Urbandale, and Johnston. Windsor Heights and Beaverdale would be fabulous, too, but they are a bit more urban.
Pleasant Hill or Altoona could also work. Polk City would be great if you don't mind a long commute.
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