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10/29/2010

Video: 'Quote, unquote," except for both the quote and the unquote parts

by Jeremy Hooper

Never once in the 69 pages of Iowa Supreme Court's Varnum opinion is the phrase "evolving standard" used. One can find Iowa For Freedom head Bob Vander Plaats using the phrase to slight what he sees as the court's unjust marriage equality decision. Conservative news sites like Lifesite News and The Iowa Republican have used the phrase in their stories and commentaries. But not the members of the Iowa high court. Not in determining how equal protection and due process applies to tax-paying gay citizens.

But why should the minot bullet point known as actuality stop the members of the Iowa Judge Bus from putting words in the Supreme Court justices' mouths? Hit it, Chuck "gay students need to be healed" Hurley:

"A thing of wax that *they* decided to change"? Hmm. Well if by "they," you mean you and your fellows with Iowa For Freedom, and by "thing of wax," you mean the reasoned, principled opinion that the unanimous Varnum panel penned and that anti-retention have been misrepresenting ever since. Or if "quote, unquote" is conservative code word for "pulled fresh from the arse." Otherwise: No, this soundbite is as lacking in merit as the Iowa For Freedom campaign itself.

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