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Marriage equality opponents, supporters rally at Iowa state capitol

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hundreds of gay marriage opponents gathered at the Iowa state capitol on Tuesday, where they prayed, sang and lobbied lawmakers to approve a ballot referendum to overturn the state’s marriage equality law.

The rally was organized by Iowa anti-gay luminary Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Family Leader, a conservative traditional values organization that organized a successful effort that resulted in the 2010 voter recall of three Iowa supreme court justices who, in 2009, ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

Vander Plaats is hoping the rally will pressure Senate Democrats into considering the ballot measure, which has been blocked from consideration by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal.

Opposition to gay marriage is not rooted in fear and hate as supporters suggest, Vander Plaats told the crowd Tuesday, but rather love and religious truth, reported the Des Moines Register.

“If we want marriage equality, let’s just stop for a second. Why stop at same-sex marriage? Why not have polygamy? Why not have a dad marry his son or marry his daughter? If we’re going to have marriage equality, let’s open this puppy up and let’s have marriage equality,” he said.

“Otherwise, let’s stick to the way God designed it – one man and one woman, period.”

Vander Plaats was joined by National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown, who argued that making the civil rights of a minority subject to a popular vote is in line with the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., suggesting that it was the opponents of same-sex marriage whose civil rights were being threatened.

“We hear that this is about civil rights, and that those of us who oppose the redefinition of marriage are somehow bigots,” Brown said. “And yet, what Dr. Martin Luther King called the most important civil right – the right to vote – these very same folks are trying to deprive us of this right.”

Shortly after the opponents’ rally, supporters of same-sex marriage met outside the Statehouse and warned that overturning Iowa’s marriage equality law would be a huge step backward for civil rights.

“The truth needs to be told, Bob Vander Plaats needs to get a real job instead of working to spread a message of hate and discrimination,” said openly gay state Sen. Matt McCoy.

Iowa is one of only six states, along with the District of Columbia, where same-sex marriage is currently legal.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. These people must be in miserable unloving desperate unequal marriages.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:29pm
  2. Once again, I have to say, it’s none of our business what other Americans are doing with their lives.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:31pm
  3. Sad bunch of people who feel that their religious views are threatened by a minority group exercising their 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th and 14th Amendment rights.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:36pm
  4. will be more than willing to give up his dreams of marrying the man that he loves when these ‘christians’ start selling their daughters into slavery, stop eating shrimp, stone to death women who are not virgins when they marry or who later comit adultery, stop working on the Sabath (“But which sabath?”), start buring practicing witches, and launch a Holy Crusade to take back the Holy Land. “Until then, they can keep their stuck up noses OUT of my business.”

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:37pm
  5. bunch of arrogant bigoted vile pig ignorant losers thumping their bibles cause their mothers never breast fed them as babies.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:47pm
  6. He claims he’s not a bigot. He totally is a bigot. He’s trying to deny a group of people their rights based on an old book full of fairy tales. Oh, and comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy, pedophilia, and incest needs to stop. Same-sex marriage is not the same as those things, not even close.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:49pm
  7. As an indivdual who’s currently on the path of becoming a lawyer .. His argument makes no sense at all. What he has compared marriage equality to is nothing more but pure ignorance. He has compared incest to same sex marraige as a form of marriage equality. That’s not right. Whether or not there is a sexual bond to the relationship of a mother – son, father – daughther, it’s wrong and Criminal Law has it in clear writing.. It’s incest and that’s illegal. When two men or two women love each other unconditionally & are “not” brothers, sisters, cousins, parents, aunts, uncles etc. it’s called love and a part of life and that’s not illegal. So my question again; how is same sex marraige comparable to incest? It’s not comparable because it’s NOT incest & incest again is not marriage equality, It’s abuse of power and trust. FYI: In the “NEW” testament Jesus mentions NOTHING about condemming homosexuality. I’ve ready the bible clearly someone hasn’t.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 9:14pm
  8. Then Went To” Blazing Saddle” To Have A Drink And Meet Friends!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 9:41pm
  9. What a freak you can just see the hate.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 9:48pm
  10. fuck em all

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11:10pm
  11. Oh,
    Must we treat them the same way?
    So sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 12:06am
  12. This is not a GOD DAMN CHRISTIAN COUNTRY! It a country with people with abstract Christiian beliefs. I think we need the pruge them all.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 1:44am
  13. They have right to gather.
    And have an opinion.
    They can’t deny Freedom & Equality to Lgbt people and
    Collect Taxes from us.
    Taxes are based on freedom and equality of all people.
    Which we are not.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:04am
  14. Kenneth you are becoming a bigot. pls search yourself so in your anger you choose not to hate… a former homobigot whos trying to be a better christian is who i am

    Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:30am
  15. “Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.” – Bill Gates

    Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 12:29pm