The curiosity is understandable. Everyone wondered how the East Coast transplant, a medical doctor, and his spouse and two young sons would fare in largely white Iowa, which has seen some pitched battles over same-sex marriage. To Kington, who didn't come here to be a mouthpiece for any group, the attention was a bit uncomfortable. "A research professor assigned me as a topic on various sociological theories," he said. "That was really just bizarre."