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04/28/2014

Video: GOP hopefuls for U.S. Senate (plus current Senator) cater to Iowa's most anti-LGBT group

by Jeremy Hooper

The Family Leader, Iowa's big "pro-family" group, is excessively anti-gay. The organization and its voices aggressively oppose anything that gives local LGBT people a better and more fair chance at life. Plus you likely know the truly nasty rhetoric of TFF's head, Bob Vander Plaats, who has several times called homosexuality a "public health risk" and equated it with things like smoking and "playing dodge ball in the street." Or maybe you know about TFL's longtime senior voice Chuck Hurley, who claims homosexuality is "personally harmful and societally harmful." TFL's whole dog and pony show is truly one of the most overheated and personally denigrating in any of our states.

Sadly, the GOP is still a party that not only makes room for this kind of thing, but one that quite fully caters to it. We got yet another sign of this on Friday night, when all of the Republican hopefuls vying for the state's soon-to-open U.S. Senate seat joined the man who currently holds that seat, anti-equality Republican Chuck Grassley, for a Family Leader forum. The state's lieutenant governor was also there, sending her warmest to speakers like the aforementioned Hurley. Throw in host Erick Erickson, who compares gay activists to Nazis and says gay people must "repent," and you have more anti-LGBT animus than the state has corn.

The full video is below. To be frank, I haven't made it through the whole thing yet. But really, just the fact that it's happening at all is the story here:


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