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Maggie to Iowa: Don't pay attention to the carefully formed thoughts behind the curtain

by Jeremy Hooper

GallagherSpeaking yet again about Iowa's marriage equality, this time to the AFA's One News Now site, professional anti-gay activist Maggie Gallagher says the following about Gov. Chet Culver and his failure to come out against his state Supreme Court's favorable ruling:

"The governor of the state of Iowa just said [he was] reluctant to let the people vote on marriage. Well, that's not acceptable," says Gallagher. "That's just not acceptable for the governor to say he doesn't trust the people of Iowa to make this decision."
Iowans tread long road to marriage protection [ONN]

Not acceptable? Well, that would actually be kinda true, if Culver actually said anything resembling "I don't trust the people of my state." But the problem with Maggie's logic is that she's once again proving herself willing to be a blatant liar whenever blatant lies are convenient to her cause. Because what Culver actually said is all this:

Governor Culver Issues Statement on Supreme Court's Decision

DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver today issued the following statement after reviewing the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision in Varnum v. Brien:

“I have carefully reviewed the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous decision on civil marriage and discussed it with the Attorney General.

“Let me begin by saying that I recognize that the issue of same-gender civil marriage is one that evokes strongly held beliefs and strong emotions both for and against. These beliefs and feelings need to be respected. I hope that the views of those on all sides will be treated respectfully and will not be subjected to name-calling or fear-mongering, but instead will lead to rational discussion.

“At the outset, I want to emphasize that the question before the Iowa Supreme Court was one of civil marriage only – a state-recognized legal status constituting a civil contract. Civil marriage always has been, and will continue to be, separate from religious marriage that takes place in churches and places of worship.

“As I have stated before, I personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. This is a tenet of my personal faith. The Iowa Supreme Court’s decision has, in fact, reaffirmed that churches across Iowa will continue to have the right to recognize the sanctity of religious marriage in accordance with their own traditions and church doctrines. The Supreme Court’s decision does not require that churches recognize marriages between persons of the same gender or officiate over such unions. The Court does not have, nor should any court ever have, that kind of power over our religious lives. Our churches and places of worship are free to decide for themselves, as they were before, who may enter the sacred covenant of marriage. As the Supreme Court’s decision states, ‘The sanctity of all religious marriages celebrated in the future will have the same meaning as those celebrated in the past.’

“Yet, the Supreme Court of Iowa, in a unanimous decision, has clearly stated that the Constitution of our state, which guarantees equal protection of the law to all Iowans, requires the State of Iowa to recognize the civil marriage contract of two people of the same gender. The Court also concluded that the denial of this right constitutes discrimination. Therefore, after careful consideration and a thorough reading of the Court’s decision, I am reluctant to support amending the Iowa Constitution to add a provision that our Supreme Court has said is unlawful and discriminatory.

“As Governor, I must respect the authority of the Iowa Supreme Court, and have a duty to uphold the Constitution of the State of Iowa. I also fully respect the right of all Iowans to live under the full protection of Iowa’s Constitution.

“I urge Iowans who hold beliefs on all sides of this issue to exhibit respect and good will. Our state faces many serious challenges. We are in the midst of a serious economic recession. Tens of thousands of our fellow Iowans are without work. We have suffered the worst natural disasters and most difficult recovery our state has ever faced. We must join together and redouble our efforts to work toward solutions that will help Iowans in this time of uncertainty. That is where, I believe, my focus and energies should lie.

“Let us not lose sight of the fact that we are all Iowans, all neighbors, united in the promise and faith of a brighter future for our state. Let us all work together toward that common goal.”
Governor Culver Issues Statement on Supreme Court's Decision [official press release]

Kinda different than "I don't trust the people of Iowa," no?

The truth is that Maggie and her ilk don't trust their followers to read and full process fleshed out thoughts like Culver's, so they instead just tell their peeps what to think and feel. They deal in simplistic talking points, not measured assessments. And so rather than carefully consider an elected lawmaker and his responsibility to uphold the constitution as it applies to all of his citizens, Maggie sees absolutely no problem with reducing this man, his office, and the governing document that guides both in a way that in no way resembles the thoughts that actually came out of his head.

The anti-equality is bad enough. The aggressive anti-intellectualism pushes the last atom of respectability clear off the cliff.

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Your thoughts

we should make a face book group called tell Maggie Gallagher and nom to stop lying

Posted by: Roxes | Aug 31, 2009 2:18:19 PM

POOR NOM, they are getting filed against in IOWA too! Drat that campaign contribution law.

The complaint filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure board alleges that the National Organization for Marriage has illegally failed to disclose donors.

NOM, based in Washington, D.C., was warned last week in a letter by Charlie Smithson, head of the board, that it may need to identify its donors. (See earlier blog here.) (See NOM’s response here.)

Today’s complaint was filed by One Iowa, the state’s largest civil rights group for gay and lesbians as well as Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund, which is affiliated with dozens of Iowa churches that advocate for marriage equality for same-sex couples.

and there is more

Posted by: LOrion | Aug 31, 2009 7:53:20 PM

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