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08/26/2011

Federal marriage endowment: Uncle Sam reportedly helped Iowans take away your rights

by Jeremy Hooper

The Iowa Family Policy Center (which is umbrellaed with The Family Leader, LUV Iowa, and other groups) is one of the most "egads!"-inducing of all the state groups, having run those frightening programs that directly compare gays to secondhand smoking, waged a campaign to remove judges simply because of personal biases, and contributed so much hostile noise ("pray throughout the day for the salvation and healing of openly gay students") to the rhetoric. Also because unlike some other groups, IFPC and friends actually rub shoulders with very prominent people, including the entire GOP slate of presidential candidates.

So that's why this ongoing investigation is so equally troubling:

IOWA CITY (AP) — Federal grant money awarded to a social conservative group to provide marriage counseling also helped pay some of its operational expenses while it was leading an anti-gay marriage campaign, according to grant documents obtained by the Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

The $2.2 million received by the Iowa Family Policy Center between 2006 and 2010 helped hundreds of Iowans receive education and counseling, according to the documents. But it also paid for part of the salaries of five employees, rent, telephone, Internet and other expenses while the group was fighting legalized gay marriage in Iowa.
KEEP READING: Grant helped anti-gay marriage effort [Associated Press via DealsOmaha.com]

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