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Iowa anti-gay activist explains his opposition to gay marriage: ‘It’s awful’

MIRANDA BLUE | Right Wing Watch
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls on Monday took on the debate about legalizing same-sex marriage in South Dakota by airing a report on how Iowans are faring under that state’s four-year-old marriage equality law.

The station, in an attempt to hear both sides of the issue, interviewed an Iowa married couple, John Sellers and Tom Helten, and the state’s leading anti-gay activist, Bob Vander Plaats, who is trying to get the law overturned.

Which led to this segment, in which Sellers and Helten explain how they go to church, argue about bills and care for each other’s parents, followed by Vander Plaats explaining that he opposes marriage equality because, “If you do things God’s way when it comes to marriage, things work out really good. When you go against His plan, it’s awful.”

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45 more reader comments:

  1. it’s awful if you’re a bigot… which he is so that makes me happy

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:42am
  2. Why is it these people always look like brain-damaged, constipated turds?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:42am
  3. Nothing that goon says is relevant to me. I think he’s crazy! To give such a flimsy reason against gay marriage to say it’s “awful”? That is ludicrous! Not to mention NO reason!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:42am
  4. Weed out those Democrats that believe this crap too!!
    STAY TRUE TO BLUE!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:43am
  5. Because they are?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:43am
  6. So is his hair style

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:43am
  7. I’ll buy that!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:43am
  8. So is that haircut, and you don’t see anyone trying to ban that.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:44am
  9. Dumbass.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:44am
  10. what a doushe

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:44am
  11. Probably another self-hating closet case.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:44am
  12. So I guess domestic violence, adultery, and child molestation are all part of Gods plan also. Imagine that.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:46am
  13. Huge closet case!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:47am
  14. what a creep

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:47am
  15. fuck this guy! as an iowan im proud that gay marriage is legal in my state!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:49am
  16. Dude you need your hair fixed badly before you judge anyone

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:51am
  17. This guy is a jackass…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:54am
  18. and some people don’t like broccoli, so what?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:54am
  19. Republicans fail to see their bigotry is the real abomination!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:55am
  20. *face palm* oh for the love of…REALLY? Damn my state for having fools like this run it!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:56am
  21. oh boy this really scalds my ass…the oil and water mixture of religion and legislation…and the assumption that everyone believes in god!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:56am
  22. That’s All You Got? It’s Awful? What’s “Awful” is Applying Religious “Beliefs” to Civil Society.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:56am
  23. What a dick head. He pushing his views on everyone else it awful.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:58am
  24. why does he look like he hasn’t been laid in…never?! haha

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:58am
  25. ass hole!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:59am
  26. Is he clueless about the divorce rate? Now that’s awful.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:00am
  27. Ugh!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:01am
  28. So much for separation of church and state.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:01am
  29. Compelling argument, sir. Truly.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:02am
  30. What horse shit. I know many many straight couples who’s marriages failed, had hard times… And it was awful!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:10am
  31. and you wonder why we have so many problems in the world. it’s because of people like this that’s holding back progress. but his flimsy arguments about how it’s against “God’s” way and such won’t hold up against someone who has actual fact about why marriage equality is a good thing. go sit down boy the adults are talking.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:16am
  32. Unreal!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:18am
  33. he looks hateful

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:21am
  34. You should look at Dennis Guth in Iowa as this individual is right from Hitler and the KKK.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:27am
  35. HIS FACE is awful

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:34am
  36. no ur a backwards intolerant redneck

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:51am
  37. When will these wingnuts realize that there are other people with differing belief systems in this country that the government MUST treat equally. I am happy for Christians and those who believe (by their own choice) that God is going to lead them to salvation! The government has nothing to do with your personal religious choice!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:37pm
  38. anotherBIGOT wit hNO reason otherthne the bible ..but we are NOT a sectarian country we are a SECULAR country ALL people are CREATEDEQUAL as per the LAWS of the country…if you too kan oath TO thebible MOVE..since your oath is NOT t othe laws of the country

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:39pm
  39. How’s that hetero divorce rate coming along for ya????

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:40pm
  40. With that logic, who can argue with him! Dumbass!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:55pm
  41. You dont have to be fromthe south to be a cracker. This guy proves it.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:04pm
  42. Yet another ignoramous misrepresenting God. Lets start a “stone the blasphemers” movement. (Only half joking.)

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:16pm
  43. Much more succinctly said. … Because I am an idiot.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:43pm
  44. people should not bring religion into law

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:58pm
  45. Dork.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:43pm